Tricky almost thrown out of his own gig at V Festival for smoking

Bristol man feels the wrath of festival security

Tricky incurred the wrath of V Festival security staff tonight (August 22) for smoking during his performance at the Virgin Media Union tent.

Midway through his set, as his band launched into an extended version of new single ‘Murder Weapon’, the Bristol man disappeared from the stage for a few minutes.

Eventually, with the band still playing the track, he appeared from the back of the tent and walked into the middle of the audience – many of whom didn’t seem to notice him – before cheering on his fellow musicians. Tricky then lit up a hand-rolled cigarette, drawing attention to himself from the festival security. He was approached by several staff, who also appeared not to recognise him, and asked to put the cigarette out or leave the tent.

However, by this point, many fans had started having their photographs taken with him, meaning security couldn’t get to him to force him to put out the cigarette. After several minutes being mobbed by fans, Tricky evaded the security and returned straight to the stage to sing the rest of the song, much to his and the audience’s amusement.

He was in a buoyant mood throughout his set, which included two other tracks from his new album ‘Mixed Race’, alongside old favourites like ‘Vent’, although he spoke little to the audience other than to thank them for coming to see him.

Tricky played:

‘You Don’t Wanna’
‘Past Mistake’
‘Kingston Logic’
‘Puppy Toy’
‘Murder Weapon’
‘Bristol To London’

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