A whole host of acts performing at Glastonbury this year have given their reaction to the momentous decision
Thursday’s historic vote saw a win for the Leave campaign, meaning that the country will soon leave the EU – making travel to mainland Europe from the UK a far more difficult proposition than it is now.
The news has dominated the Worthy Farm agenda at this year’s festival, with a large number of acts giving their take on the outcome of the referendum.
Speaking to BBC News about how the decision might affect their future touring plans, The 1975 frontman Matt Healy confessed that he “didn’t know which queue to get in” at the airport on the morning of the result.
“I was literally leaving the European Union when I heard the result. I was in a queue in Copenhagen to get in a plane back to London and I didn’t know which queue to get in. It’s a weird time.
“It will make touring a lot harder, but freedom of movement isn’t literally going to stop,” he continued. There’ll still be soft borders. I’m sure there’ll be a European Visa… I just think our generation has been robbed of the opportunity for friendships and relationships and work opportunities.”
Chvrches frontwoman Laura Mayberry, meanwhile, remarked that she believed that “the nature of touring is going to change massively.”
“The summer we’re looking at right now is just hopping from country to country within Europe, and in order to do that when we’re not part of the European Union, we would presumably need to go to a different embassy for every different country and apply for a visa for us and everybody in our crew.”
However, Danish artist MØ said that she believed that travelling to the UK to tour wouldn’t be changed too dramatically by the decision.
“Like everyone else, I’m just thinking ‘what’s this going to mean?’ But hopefully it won’t be as hard as people fear,” she said. “I’ve spent a lot of time queuing up in embassies for a visa. You have to be there in person and show your face but it’s not too bad. I remember when I was going to India for the first time, I had to stay in the embassy six hours, early in the morning, standing up the whole time. But I was like, ‘screw that, I’m going to India!’.
“It’s always just about attitude,” she continued. “You have to accept this is the world, this is how it is. Hopefully someday it will be different.”