Politics jostles with music for Glastonbury’s limelight | Ents & Arts News

Politics is never far from pop at Glastonbury – Sir Paul McCartney flew the Ukrainian flag, Billie Eilish used her set to react to the US abortion ruling, and climate activist Greta Thunberg was a surprise addition to invoicing.

Former Moloko singer Róisín Murphy – who performed as a solo artist on the festival’s West Holts stage – told Sky News that British music is a powerful political force which is really on show at Glastonbury .

“The UK music scene is full of dynamism and it’s always been vibrant and always been an agent of change – you can feel it here.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s words were the first sound to be heard on the other stage before any music on Friday.

And Ukrainian artists, like this year The winning rappers of the Eurovision Kalush Orchestra and techno dance stars Go_A were invited to perform as war raged in their home country.

Taras Shevchenko, who plays keyboards and percussion for the electronic dance music act, said they appreciated the opportunity to let people know why Ukrainian art and music should be protected.

“For us, every festival, every show we can get is a way to save and show our culture, and Glastonbury Festival is a perfect place for that.”

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Labor MP Jess Phillips – in Glastonbury to speak in the Crows Nest area – said members of the House of Commons should take note.

“Anyone in politics is arrogant enough to think you can’t learn something from, say, Emily and Michael Eavis, who put on this event for a global audience, spreading messages that people can feel in their hearts rather that just in their heads… you’d be foolish not to think there’s magic we should try to learn from.

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