Blur frontman Damon Albarn has stated that Brexit has been a “travesty” in a brand new interview.
Chatting with Channel 4, Albarn defined that Brexit has been a “disaster” for youthful musicians.
“In the old days, pre-Brexit, you could be a young band and go over to Europe and play bottom of the bill at festivals. You wouldn’t be paid hardly anything but the experience was life-changing, whether you went on to do bigger and better things in the future [or not]. That’s a solid foundation for the rest of your life,” Albarn stated.
“That kind of creativity has very much been curtailed for people on this island, because it’s expensive to go over there now. It’s not straightforward. You have to pay for visas and stuff that wasn’t necessary [before]. It’s terrible,” he added.
Damon Albarn continued: “Brexit was a travesty and people are waking up to that now, thank goodness, but it was a disaster. Spiritually, economically, just rubbish”
“Brexit is rubbish”, he added, referencing Blur’s 1993 album ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’.
“Brexit was a travesty and people are waking up to that now.”
Blur frontman Damon Albarn tells @MinnieStephC4 Brexit has been “a disaster for younger musicians”, saying it is now dearer for them to tour in Europe. pic.twitter.com/rMaB6FrNtr
— Channel 4 Information (@Channel4News) May 19, 2023
Again in 2018, Albarn claimed he felt “partly responsible” for the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum. “The shock I felt that morning [of the referendum result] was indicative of the blasé attitude that we, as Remainers, had felt prior to that day. “There was a massive and patronising assumption that the rest of the country felt the way we did. So that was my lesson,” he defined.
In 2021, the UK music trade spoke out collectively on how that they had basically been handed a “No Deal Brexit” when the federal government failed to barter visa-free journey and Europe-wide work permits for musicians and crew. In consequence, artists trying to hit the street once more after COVID discovered themselves on the expected “rocky road” for the primary summer season of European touring after Britain left the EU.
The next 12 months it was claimed Brexit was “strangling the next generation of UK talent in the cradle” with the quantity of British artists scheduled to carry out in Europe as a part of this 12 months’s pageant season falling by 45 per cent when in comparison with 2017-2019.
Earlier this week, Noel Gallagher referred to as Brexit a “fucking absolute unmitigated disaster” in a brand new interview.