The British public go to the polls today (May 7)
British musicians including Johnny Marr and Drenge have shared their views on the UK general election this morning, taking to social media to urge fans to vote.
The British public go to the polls today (May 7), with the likes of Jessie Ware, Four Tet, Billy Bragg, Kate Nash, Dev Hynes, members of Royal Blood, Spector, Hot Chip, Summer Camp, Slow Club and Mogwai all tweeting their support for parties and political activism in general.
“Hey, remember to vote for the right party today,” Royal Blood‘s Ben Thatcher wrote, before adding, “Good luck UK.” Electronic musician Matthew Herbert urged fans not to vote for “more rich white men”, while Years & Years shared a photo of a “massive registration failure” occurring at Hackney Town Hall when they attempted to vote.
See a collection of tweets from music stars about the election below. Slaves, meanwhile, recently told NME that “Everyone Needs To Go Out And Vote, If Only To Stop Nigel Farage Getting A Seat”.
Meanwhile, British artists and bands including Muse, Savages, The Horrors, Drenge, Noel Gallagher, Emmy The Great and Young Fathers have spoken about their political perspectives in last week’s issue of NME.
Speaking to NME ahead of his band’s new album ‘Drones’, Muse’s Matt Bellamy stated that he is “against the concept of party politics”, suggesting a new system of government in the process.
“I was thinking the other day we should start the Direct Democracy Party,” Bellamy told NME. “The way to play the existing system is to be an MP and say that ‘every vote I take in parliament, I will take an app vote from my constituents’. The argument that MPs should decide because they are better researched on the topic at hand, to me, really supports the old idea that the masses are not clever enough.”
The Horrors frontman Faris Badwan, meanwhile, spoke of his disillusion with politics. Badwan claimed that voting is “for people who don’t have their own imagination”. He continued: “Politics doesn’t mean anything to me. The stuff that gets discussed on Newsnight isn’t relevant to me, and it’s pretty much not relevant to anyone. I don’t think you gain anything from voting.”
Badwan added: “I find it funny that someone would vote for another person, whether it’s on Celebrity Big Brother or as a politician, on the basis that they could imagine going for a drink with them. I just think voting is for people who don’t have their own imagination. It’s for a different generation. You’re not accomplishing anything. The problem is, my opinion on it isn’t fully formed – the only thing I do think is that, realistically, voting doesn’t make a great deal of difference.”