Massive Attack are the latest music act to weigh in on Brexit
Massive Attack, British Summertime Festival

Massive Attack are the latest act to weigh in on the ongoing EU Referendum fallout, at a festival in London

The Bristolian trip-hop pioneers were performing at British Summer Time festival in London’s Hyde Park (July 1-10), alongside TV on the Radio, Patti Smith, Ghostpoet and Young Fathers.

“We can’t let the bigots and the racists back into this situation”

During their set, Massive Attack addressed the audience concerning the recent Brexit decision, with 3D telling the gathered crowd:

“As sons of immigrants, we are both very disappointed with the situation. We can’t allow ourselves to fall victim to the populist bullshit going on at the moment. We can’t let our values be diminished and we have have to stand by our principles.

“We can’t let the bigots and racists back into this situation. It’s bullsh*t.”

The group went on to perform ‘Eurochild’ from their 1994 album Protection. According to set-list tracker – this was the first time the song had been played live in 18 years.

3D also added:

“We didn’t expect to be singing this 20 years later as a requiem.”

Watch the performance of ‘Eurochild here:

Brexit fallout

Massive Attack are the latest in a swathe of bands and artists who have chosen to share their views on the Brexit fallout.

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke shared an article pushing for a second referendum, and has been increasingly vocal online.

On the other hand, indie popstar Bat For Lashes expressed the view in a Q&A with The Guardian that Brexit was necessary. Despite being from a multicultural background, she said:

“Looking at it from a grander perspective, it’s an important part of the breakdown of outmoded political and economic models”

What is certain is that whatever the fallout from the decision, British pop music looks to be rediscovering its political edge on the back of the Brexit vote.


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