Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds has confirmed that “interrupting the band’s concert at Reading Festival yesterday (August 27) was not an act of censorship.”
The band were playing on the festival’s East Main Stage on Saturday evening, when a power cut meant they had to leave the stage and were unable to return due to a busy schedule.
The blackout came just after Reynolds gave an impassioned speech about the pollution of water companies, including Thames Water, prompting many fans on social media to claim the band walked off stage on purpose, not because real power outage.
This morning (August 28), Reynolds cited a fan on Twitter who called the incident “political censorship before our eyes” and claimed the festival was “powering down” the band for “telling the truth about sewage pollution in our waters and the greed of conservatives.
Clarifying the situation, Reynolds wrote: “Just to clear everyone up – it wasn’t an act of censorship, it was a power outage on the home front. Bad luck and obviously bad timing.”
“Then we had to interrupt our performance, because of the power outage we went over our allotted time. It is very frustrating, but the festival has to respect the timetable, to avoid stampedes between the stages. So itself, we went from puta madre. .A round of applause for everyone i [Reading]. One love”.
In a subsequent tweet, he said: “Regardless of the break in the power cut, I’m still going to reprimand Thames Water and other polluting water companies in front of thousands of people, with thousands more watching on the BBC.
“So even though it was an attempt at censorship, it was poor, because I was still able to finish the speech.”
Later in Reading, Reynolds joined Pendulum on stage during their secret set on the Dance Stage, performing Enter Shikari’s hit “Sorry You’re Not A Winner”.
A secret Pendulum set was announced over the weekend, with posters showing their logo and phone number. When you called, read a message: “Gentlemen, we understand that you have come tonight to witness the sound of drum and bass. We regret to announce that this is not the case. Instead, we come tonight to bring you the sound recreation of the end of the world Reading Festival to prepare to put up with the color.”
Reading Festival ends today, with The 1975, Halsey and Charli XCX, and Bring Me The Horizon, Wolf Alice and Arctic Monkeys will close the Leeds Festival.
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