The UK’s decision to leave the EU has been contentious from the start and musicians like Stormzy to PJ Harvey have all weighed in on what they think about it. Now adding to that list is Massive Attack. Whilst performing at the British Summer Time Festival, the band made an impactful statement in response to the recent referendum results.
Before performing the band’s track “Eurochild” for the first time in 18 years, Robert “3D” Del Naja said: “We didn’t expect to be singing this 20 years later as a requiem.”
Adding: “As sons of immigrants, we are both very disappointed with the situation. We can’t allow ourselves to fall victim to the populist bullsh*t going on at the moment. We can’t let the bigots and racists back into this situation. It’s bullsh*t.”
These are troubled times in parts of the UK; with London and other cities and small towns alike having seen a frightening increase in both racist and xenophobic hate crimes since the Brexit vote.
When Massive Attack played “Eurochild”, their rallying cry for unity in the face of crisis and political turmoil, the trip-hop duo stood in front of visuals emblazoned across the back of the stage that read “we are in this together”, “no visas for Ibiza” and “#wearerefugees”.
It was only last week that PJ Harvey, also on a festival platform, aired her opinion on the Brexit situation. While in the middle of her set at Glastonbury, the musician read “No Man is an Island” by John Donne, which she meant as a direct address to the UK leaving the EU.
Clearly the population is divided with the vote. Last weekend, a section of the UK that is unhappy with the decision to leave the EU held marches in London drawing crowds of over 40,000, according to reports.