Massive Attack perform ‘Eurochild’ as requiem to Britain’s EU membership.
On Friday night, British pioneers Massive Attack performed in London’s Hyde Park for the British Summer Time festival. During the set, they deplored the results of the recent EU referendum that saw the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union.
The group performed ‘Eurochild’, from the 1994 release Protection, for the first time in twenty years and dedicated it as a requiem to the country’s decision to leave the EU.
Robert del Naja, aka 3D, told the 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 the bigots and racists back into this situation. It’s bullshit.”
Behind them, the stage featured visuals relating to the current political situation including the line “we are in this together”, tabloid headlines, and the hashtag #withrefugees.
Massive Attack at Hyde Park. Profound, prolific, poignant, political, beautiful, and gut-wrenchingly honest. pic.twitter.com/AsL4i42n8l
— Kyle C. Szikora (@isitkyle) July 1, 2016
— Kingsley Marshall (@kingsleydc) June 29, 2016
Massive Attack were also joined by fellow Bristolian Tricky for a rare performance of ‘Take It There’ from the 2016 album Ritual Spirit.
Backing Massive Attack were Big Dada artist and Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers who took their own shots at Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, two of the British politicians seen as responsible for the referendum debacle, calling the pair “lying fucking bastards.” [Via The Telegraph]