Gareth Gates on Glastonbury: ‘Bands like Young Fathers offend me. It’s shit’

Former TV talent show star hits out at Mercury Prize winners

Singer and Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates has criticised Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers, calling them “shit”.

Gates, whose last album ‘Pictures of the Other Side’ reached Number 23 in the UK Albums Chart in 2007, recently took to Twitter to share his views on this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

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The singer singled out the Edinburgh trio as being indicative of the kind of music that “offends” him. He wrote: “Watching Glastonbury… Bands like ‘Young Fathers’ offend me. Is this talent? Is this musicianship? No. It’s shit.”

See that tweet below.

Watch Young Fathers perform ‘Rain Or Shine’ at Glastonbury 2015 below.


Earlier this year, the Scottish band released ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’, the follow up to 2014’s Mercury-winning debut LP ‘Dead’.

Young Fathers were recently among the nominations in the Scottish Album of the Year shortlist for ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’.

The band recently said middle-class bands “have a duty to society” while “working-class bands have been eradicated”. Speaking to NME, the group explained how they held down various jobs in order to keep their musical ambitions alive.

“Middle-class bands are the most content, tasteless cunts around,” band member G Hastings told NME. He added: “They’re so comfy that understanding anything with a bit of bite or grit about it seems like rocking the boat. They’re taking up space. They don’t realise they have a duty to show society a broad spectrum of stuff. Instead all their mates, who should have sold fucking insurance, start a band. Working-class bands have been eradicated.”

“The people in charge don’t want new ideas or change because they don’t know what it spells,” continued Alloysious ‘Ally’ Massaquoi. “It could be the end of their reign. That means TV and radio doesn’t want change. If they were putting out interesting ideas, it would make people realise that change is possible. That’s what we’ve got to do.”