Monday, July 21, 2014

Massive Attack Shows Support for Gaza at Longitude 2014


(Marlay Park, Ireland) Several tweets following Massive Attack's set at Dublin's Longitude Festival confirmed the band's strong support for Gaza.  Safe From Harm was performed to graphic images from Gaza.  The Irish Mirror reported that during Unfinished Sympathy, graphics and music paused to display the number of lives lost in Gaza.  Massive Attack was featured at the three day festival as the closing act on the main stage.

In 2010, Robert Del Naja affirmed his commitment to the cultural boycott of Israel in an interview with William Parry:
“I think musicians have a major role to play," Del Naja says. "I find the more I get involved, the more the movement becomes something tangible. I remember going to 'Artists Against Apartheid' gigs, and 'Rock Against Racism' gigs around the same sort of time. Bands like the Clash and the Specials had a lot to do with influencing the minds of the youth in those days."[1]

NOTES
[1] The Silent Treatment http://www.newstatesman.com/music/2010/09/israel-interview-boycott-naja
see also "More from Robert Del Naja on the Israel Boycott"
http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/cultural-capital/2010/09/massive-attack-naja-israel