Yesterday, the UK voted to separate from the European Union, and a lot of British musicians are not happy about it. The “Brexit,” as it’s been called, would have detrimental effects on the music industry in Britain, making touring more difficult for bands as well as copyright issues and the logistics of selling and manufacturing music. Many artists took to social media to share their disappointment and frustration with the vote result.
Damon Albarn addressed it at a performance at Glastonbury:
Damon Albarn first Glastonbury star to mention EU result. "Democracy failed us because it was ill-informed." pic.twitter.com/4tnok61MUH
— Kaya Burgess (@kayaburgess) June 24, 2016
Lily Allen took Donald Trump to task:
@realDonaldTrump Scotland voted IN you moron
— lily (@lilyallen) June 24, 2016
Disclosure plots their own exit strategy:
Moving to Mars with Bowie
— Disclosure (@disclosure) June 24, 2016
Blood Orange offers his disappointment from across the pond:
I think it's hard for non Brits to understand fully why this is so heart breaking and scary
— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) June 24, 2016
Portishead’s Geoff Barrow doesn’t mince words:
Ok let's put it this way….
The Racists won.
— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) June 24, 2016
Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos puts the blame on a particular group:
The most selfish generation.
Gifted in abundance from generations before.
Stole from all generations to come after.
— alex kapranos (@alkapranos) June 24, 2016
and Johnny Marr offers some positive defiance:
No one ever said that the majority know what they're doing. All the more reason for the rest of us to stick together.
— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) June 24, 2016