Savages’ Jehnny Beth criticises ‘system of class’ at music festivals

Singer is critical of festivals operating a system where tickets ensuring a good view are more expensive

Jehnny Beth of Savages has criticised what she sees as a “system of class” being operated by promoters of some music festivals, having witnessed festivals where punters must buy more expensive tickets in order to get nearer to the stage.

Beth voiced her opinion in a post on her Tumblr, in which she recounted being at the British Summer Time event in London on the night Black Sabbath played with Soundgarden and Faith No More.

As with each night at the festival, which also saw performances from The Libertines and Arcade Fire, fans who had VIP access were able to enter a section nearer to the stage. In her blog post, Beth describes this as a “sick idea” and details a similar system operating at a festival in Istanbul, Turkey.

“The absurdity of the situation was suddenly clear to me: a system of class applied to a rock festival, a capitalist attitude when music should be for everyone. What a sick idea,” wrote Beth. “I am deeply saddened and angry that we let these kind of things happen. Rock music is here to bring people together, rich and poor, young and old. Don’t let the fuckers make you pay more for a decent spot in the field.”

Earlier this month it was announced that Savages and Bo Ningen will release ‘Words To The Blind’, a joint recording comprising of one 37-minute-long track.

The two bands will perform ‘Words To The Blind’ together this autumn with the support of the Barbican. The show will take place at Oval Space, east London on November 19.

A request for comment from the organisers of British Summer Time was not returned.

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