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Glastonbury mud-slingers are not pro-Bono

Ken Sweeney in Glastonbury

Published 24/06/2011 | 05:00

Tom Wilder from Kent, England, covered in mud at the Glastonbury festival, held on Worthy Farm, Pilton
Tom Wilder from Kent, England, covered in mud at the Glastonbury festival, held on Worthy Farm, Pilton
Bono and U2 will headline Glastonbury tonight. Photo: Getty Images

PROTESTERS intent on disrupting a headline performance by U2 tonight at the Glastonbury festival have already made their mark.

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More than 130,000 concert-goers who arrived at the festival on Worthy Farm in Somerset yesterday were confronted with graffiti on a number of toilets across the site criticising U2's tax arrangements. A spokesman for Art Uncut vowed that their protest during U2's set on the Pyramid Stage would be "big and unmissable".

"We're planning something nice and visual and a real photo opportunity. We need a lot of sympathetic people to help us carry this out, and Glastonbury is the perfect place to find them," said Will Claymore of Art Uncut.

The UK group say they are making the protest to draw attention to U2's controversial 2006 decision to move part of their business to Holland.

But Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis last night said he disagreed strongly with the escalating protests against U2 and said it was "in the nature" of U2 to "give away" money.

"U2 give away loads of money. It's in their nature to give money away. Bono does great work on behalf of the Third World and they're involved in things like music education in Ireland," he said.

Irish Independent

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