Wild Beasts: ‘Music is really a class thing’

The band say only 'rich kids' are able to go to art and music school

Wild Beasts have branded their single ‘Wanderlust’ a “war cry”, saying music is a “class thing”.

The track was the first to be taken from their new album, ‘Present Tense’, which comes out on February 24. It has also been branded a “mission statement” by co-frontman Hayden Thorpe, who says the song is concerned with the current state of the music industry.

Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands from today (February 19) and available digitally, he said: “‘Wanderlust’ is almost a kind of war cry, asking, is this the best we’ve got – kids singing in accents that aren’t their own, singing about lives that aren’t theirs, and reaping huge rewards from it?”


He added: “So little is done with so much privilege – music is really a class thing, because if we’re under a government that’s making people pay £9,000 a year for university, then it’s only the rich kids who’ll get to art and music school.”

Wild Beasts will tour the March and April. The band will play six dates on a headline UK tour, including a date at London’s Brixton Academy. The band will also perform live in Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, Bristol and Cambridge. Scroll down for full details.

Wild Beasts will play:

Manchester Albert Hall (March 26)
Glasgow The Arches (27)
Dublin Olympia Theatre (29)
Bristol O2 Academy (30)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (31)
London Brixton Academy (April 1)

To check the availability of Wild Beasts tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.