Thursday 23 November 2017

The 1975 frontman Matt Healy says DUP 'sounds like an STI'

The 1975 play Malahide Castle on Saturday

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The 1975 play Malahide Castle this Saturday and we can probably expect some political musings from frontman Matt Healy.

During his set at the Parklife festival in Manchester this weekend he criticised UK Prime Minister Theresa May and her plans to form a coalition with the Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

"Theresa May needs to resign," he said.  "She needs to stop squatting in Number 10 with a coalition that sounds like an STI."

"I don't want DUP."

The Manchester band have paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack at their recent gigs and Parklife was no different.

However, Healy said they wanted to do a "moment of noise" rather than a "moment of silence".

"I think we've all spent a lot of time mourning since what happened - but this is a music festival and we've had our silence," he said.

"We didn't want to do a moment of silence, we wanted to do a moment of noise."

The band will be supported by Irish band The Blizzards at the Malahide Castle gig, and frontman Bressie revealed that he will put the Manchester attacks to the back of his mind.

"Hand on my heart it’s not on my mind at all and that’s probably a personal thing," he tells Independent.ie.  "I can’t let that stuff be on my mind playing gigs. 

"I keep thinking back to the people [at Ariana Grande's Manchester gig] and how music is escapism.  Everybody goes to a gig as an escape, to get away from the world, and it was very sad to see what happened.  The world is quite chaotic and people were coming somewhere to get away from that. 

"For me personally just the way I am I have to put that in the back of my head with gigging.  Since what happened [at the Bataclan] in Paris it’s frightening but if you let that overly submerge you you won’t leave the house and that’s essentially what terrorism is.  That’s where it’s most effective, making people terrified. 

"You can’t live like that.  I do what I do every day and everybody is the same.  You can’t stop doing what you do."

Read more: ‘I can’t let that into my head - you can't stop doing what you do’ – Bressie on gigging with The Blizzards in wake of Manchester terror attack 

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