Killdren, the band whose popular song is called ‘Kill Tory Scum’, have seen their planned performance at Glastonbury Festival 2019 cancelled.
The band, who had been scheduled to appear at the Shangri-Hell International TV stage on Friday June 28, faced criticism following a major feature published via the BBC.
“We in no way condone violence and will not allow this matter to overshadow the incredibly inclusive spirit of Glastonbury,” a statement from Shangri-La confirmed after cancelling the performance.
The band, who claim to create “politically charged slapstick anthems and form the ideal soundtrack to the worst generation in history”, sing the lyrics “Murder them all to the beat of a drum / kill Tory scum / kill Tory scum” as part of their material.
Having seen the issue raised in the build up to the festival, The Jo Cox Foundation which was set up in the name of the murdered Labour MP, condemned the booking of Killdren: The direct incitement of violence and abuse, on any platform and in any sector, is wrong,” chief executive Catherine Anderson said. “All of us need to call out this kind of language, until we return to a more civil way of being able to debate difference of opinions – without having to resort to threats and intimidation.”
Killdren responded on Twitter, saying: “The full title of the song in question is Kill Tory Scum (Before They Kill You) and the video questions state-sanctioned violence. The song was created in time for the last general election in 2017 and the ‘killing’ was encouraging people to vote out the Tories … the IPPR thinktank reported that up to 130,000 preventable deaths have occurred as a result of Tory austerity measures.”