NewsJune 11, 2024 3:38 PM ET2,503 views

Ithica drop from Download Festival amid protest against fest sponsor, Barclays Bank

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British metalcore band Ithica are the latest band to announce their departure from Download Festival amid protests levied against the festival's sponsor, Barclays Bank, over its involvement in the ongoing war in Gaza. 

Ithica shared:

We will no longer be playing Download Festval. Whilst we hate letting anyone down, this moment of solidarity sends a powerful message to the organisers about where the younger generation of bands stand. 🇵🇸FREE PALESTINE 🇵🇸 

 

 

Yesterday, Pest Control, Scowl, Speed, and Zulu shared that they would no longer perform, and today have scheduled a Palestinian benefit show instead. Negative Frame and Overpower have pulled out as well.

Scowl also shared a post from an organization called Bands Boycott Barclays, who say:

WHO ARE WE? Bands Boycott Barclays is a group of musicians and music industry professionals who are using our cultural power to stand in solidarity with Palestine by boycotting all music festivals partnered with Barclays. We are supported by the BDS movement.

We call on all artists, promoters, music industry workers and fans to join us in boycotting all Barclays sponsored events this festival season. We will not allow a company bankrolling genocide to sanitise its brand through music festivals. 

AS ARTISTS, WE HAVE THE POWER TO WITHDRAW OUR LABOUR, TO STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH EACH OTHER, AND TO ORGANISE OUR WORKPLACE UNTIL PALESTINE IS FREE.

Barclays has been identified as a strategic boycott target by both the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement because of their investment in arms companies that supply the Israeli military. 

This campaign is targeted and strategic. It answers a direct call from Palestinians for a specific form of solidarity - to boycott Barclays. Festivals are nothing without the artists and attendees. For this reason, we are uniquely positioned to put significant cultural pressure on festivals to sever ties with Barclays until the bank DIVESTS FROM ARMS COMPANIES.

WE REFUSE TO LET OUR MUSIC, AND OUR CULTURAL SPACES, BE USED TO WHITEWASH HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. WE REFUSE TO BE COMPLICITIN CULTURE-WASHING. 

We draw inspiration from Artists Against Apartheid that helped end apartheid in South Africa. A Barclays boycott was a key part of ending apartheid in South Africa, after thousands of people closed their accounts with Barclays to pressure them to withdraw investments from South Africa.

 


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