Massive Attack Lament Brexit Vote With First Live Performance Of "Eurochild" In 18 Years
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 11:22:25
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On Friday, July 1st, Massive Attack headlined the first day of this year's British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park in London. Their performance that was reported by The Independent as being a reflection of the current political climate in the UK; somber.
The band lamented last week's Brexit referendum, in which 52% of the British voting public opted to leave the European Union. Marking the historic event the trip hop legends performed their track "Eurochild" live for the first time in 18 years, suggesting the song was offered as a kind of requiem.
"We didn't expect to be singing this 20 years later as a requiem…. As sons of immigrants, we are both very disappointed with the situation. We can't allow ourselves to fall victim to the populist bulls*** going on at the moment. We can't let the bigots and racists back into this situation. It's bulls***." said founding member Robert Del Naja.
Tricky, another Bristol-based trip-hop pioneer and infrequent collaborator also joined Massive Attack onstage to perform "Take It There." And to lift the solemnity of the festival event, saving the best for last, the band introduced Deborah Miller for "Safe From Harm" and brought out an orchestra for their epic, perhaps best-loved track "Unfinished Sympathy".
In May, Massive Attack announced their biggest hometown concert yet, set to take place later this year. The group will perform at Bristol Downs on September 3rd in front of tens of thousands of fans. The outdoor gig is set to be their first major show in the city since 2004. Skepta and Primal Scream have been confirmed as support acts for the day-long event.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff