The Bristol-born group performed their track “Eurochild” at the London festival, their first airing of the record in 18 years. Robert “3D” Del Naja introduced it, and said: “We didn’t expect to be singing this 20 years later as a requiem”.
He added: “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.”
As they played their rallying cry for unity in the face of crisis and political turmoil, the band stood in front of visuals that read “we are in this together”, “no visas for Ibiza” and “#wearerefugees”.
PJ Harvey only last week similarly used her festival platform to air an opinion on Brexit. While playing Glastonbury, the musician read No Man is an Island by John Donne. It was received as a direct address to the UK leaving the EU.
Marches in London this weekend to protest the referendum decision drew crowds of over 40,000 according to reports.