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Georgia Ruth pulls out of Latitude in protest at Barclays’ sponsorship

28 May 2024 1 minute read
Georgia Ruth

Georgia Ruth has announced she has withdrawn from this year’s Latitude Festival in protest at the event’s sponsor Barclaycard.

The Welsh singer was due to play the closing night of the music festival which will be held between 25 – 28 July at Henham Park in Suffolk.

In a statement Georgia said she was inspired by the actions of Charlotte Church and others in their boycott of Hay Festival over sponsorship by asset manager Baillie Gifford, which has investments worth more than £10billion in companies with links to Israeli oppression of Palestinians.

Hay Festival later issued a statement announcing it had suspended its controversial sponsorship with Baillie Gifford.

The singer wrote:

Georgia Ruth statement

Irish band Pillow Queens have also withdrawn from the festival which this year is headlined by Duran Duran, Kasabian, Keane and London Grammar.

The singer’s boycott comes after more than 100 musicians cancelled their appearances at the recent Great Escape Festival in Brighton due to Barclays’ involvement in the event.

Georgia Ruth releases her new album ‘Cool Head’ on 21st June.


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Charles
Charles
16 days ago

Well Done! I stopped having anything to do with Barclays 50 years ago.

Mark
Mark
16 days ago

Does Ms Ruth take the same position regarding any company with investments in China? Does she avoid spending her own money on goods made in China? Or is the oppression, slavery, sterilisation and murder of Muslim Uyghurs OK? There are so many horrendous things going on in the world, many with a death-toll far in excess of that seen in Gaza. Why does she, and so many others, single out the Gazans as being worthy of their virtue signalling, while ignoring the plight of so many others caught up in equally horrific situations in East Africa, Yemen, Haiti, Xinjiang or… Read more »

Bob
Bob
15 days ago
Reply to  Mark

But but but but whatabout…

I imagine your solution, Mark, is to do nothing about any of them?

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