Years & Years asked their Glastonbury audience to “shove a rainbow in fear’s face”.
The band performed on the Other Stage this afternoon (June 26), with frontman Olly Alexander acknowledging Pride weekend with a speech about being proud of who you are.
“As you may know from how I’m dressed, I’m gay,” he said. “I’m really gay actually. It’s been an amazing show and I can’t believe that we’re here today, but what I keep thinking about is how in the last year there’s been a lot of pretty scary and messed-up stuff.”
He continued: “Now, as a queer person, as queer people, we know what it’s like to be scared. We know what it’s like to live with fear; it’s part of our every day. Now, tonight, Glastonbury, I would like you to ask you to join me on Pride weekend, and say ‘no thank you fear’. Just say ‘bye, fear bye’, to literally shove a rainbow in fear’s face.
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) June 26, 2016
“What I have to say is I’m here, I’m queer and yes sometimes I’m afraid, but I am never ashamed because I am proud of who I am.”
The singer was wearing a jacket in the colours of the rainbow with wide fringing on the sleeves and front, which he removed during the set to reveal a vest also in the colours of the rainbow.