Glastonbury drops band over song 'Kill Tory Scum'

Kill Tory Scum (Before They Kill You) features the lyrics 'Tory genocide is the perfect outcome'

Monday, June 3, 2019

A band with a song entitled Kill Tory Scum (Before They Kill You) has been dropped from the Glastonbury Festival lineup.

The song by punk band Killdren featured the lyrics “even if it’s your dad or your mum kill Tory scum”, but the booking was cancelled due to outrage over the lyrics.

It calls on listeners to murder Conservatives “to the beat of a drum", and continues: "Tory genocide is the perfect outcome”.

The song has been called “completely abhorrent” by The Jo Cox Foundation, which was set up following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in the days before the Brexit referendum.

"We're seeing a legitimising and normalising of harmful words and actions,” it said.

Outrage over the song first emerged on Sunday morning, and by that evening Killdren had been dropped from the lineup.

The band was due to perform on the Shangri-La stage on the Friday of the festival.

Shangri-La said it does not condone violence, and “will not allow this matter to overshadow the incredibly inclusive spirit of Glastonbury.”

Kill Tory Scum (Before They Kill You) was released in May 2017 ahead of the general election.

Killdren said the song was “satirical” and the music video made it clear that Conservatives “should be murdered at the ballot box” instead.

The band was glad for the “free PR” from the controversy.

"We've sold s***loads of merch… no one would have listened to us if it wasn't for this ridiculous non-story.”

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