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:
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:
Portishead’s Geoff Barrow doesn’t mince words:
Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos puts the blame on a particular group:
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
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.