Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Art Uncut vs U2

Protesters: Art Uncut
Target: U2
Location: Glastonbury Festival
Date: 24 June

The lowdown

Anti-tax evasion group Art Uncut targeted rock group U2 during their headline set at Glastonbury last Friday. The Irish band's appearance on the Pyramid Stage was briefly interrupted by a 25-metre inflatable bearing the slogan 'U pay tax 2?' in front of 50,000 fans. Members of the 30-strong group of activists, aged 18 to 35, said within minutes of the unveiling they were set upon by security guards.

Why the protest?

Art Uncut issued a statement claiming its demonstration was in response to news that the band's lead singer Bono had moved the band's tax affairs to Holland to take advantage of the country's lower rate. A spokesman for Art Uncut said: 'This is not just about having a dig at Bono. It is crucial to get people thinking about the ethics of taxation, and the relationship between tax and development.'

How did U2 respond?

Bono said: 'I'm all for protests. I've been protesting all of my life. I'm glad they got the chance to have their say. But, as it happens, what they're protesting about is wrong.'

How did the media cover it?

The incident was covered widely in the news media, with large pieces in the Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, plus music websites such as NME.com. Many articles focused on the violent clashes between security guards and protesters.

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