Musicians react as Scottish voters reject independence in historic referendum

Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite, Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and Muse's Matt Bellamy all comment on the result

Musicians from Scotland and beyond have reacted to the news that the country voted to reject independence in yesterday’s historic referendum.

The No campaign received 55 per cent of the vote with First Minister Alex Salmond’s Yes campaign receiving 45 per cent. Though the Yes campaign was victorious in four authorities – Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire, Dundee and North Lanarkshire, the No camp was succesful in 28 out of the 32 declared authorities.

A large number of musicians were vocal as the results came in overnight, with many of those who have campaigned for the Yes campaign facing up to the defeat.


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Mogwai‘s Stuart Braithwaite, who earlier this week (September 16) tweeted a picture of a household decorated in Yes signs taken while out canvassing, tweeted about the divide the referendum has brought to Scottish people. “Someone right now is printing up ‘Don’t blame me, I voted YES’ stickers and badges.”

Meanwhile, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, who played at a pro-independence event A Night for Scotland last week tweeted simply: “Oh well. Not this time.” Muse‘s Matt Bellamy, on the other hand, wrote: “The more #directdemocracy the better, just for the sheer fuckoffness of it.”

Scroll down to see the best of last night’s tweets.