CMAT, Pillow Queens Join Latitude Festival Boycott

The festival has financial ties to Barclays...

CMAT, Pillow Queens, Mui Zyu, and Georgia Ruth are amongst the latest acts to pull out of Latitude due to the festival’s ties to Barclays.

The Suffolk festival has a financial partnership with Barclays, a bank whose investment in companies associated with the Israeli military has made them the target of action by the BDS movement.

As a result, a growing number of acts have decided to pull out of Latitude. Indie rockers Pillow Queens were one of the first to confirm their withdrawal, followed by emerging songwriter Georgia Ruth.

Georgia Ruth shared a beautifully worded statement online, which can be found below:

Elsewhere, left-field pop voice Mui Zyu has decided to pull out of Latitude, with award-winning Irish country-pop artist CMAT becoming the latest artist to remove themselves from the bill.

“I want to say how utterly devastated I am that it has come to this,” said CMAT on Instagram.

“I love Latitude Festival, they gave me one of my first big festival slots back in 2021 and playing the Sunrise Arena is one of my most cherished memories ever.”

However CMAT noted that she could not be “complicit in Genocide”.

The wave of call-offs from the Latitude bill follows high-profile action by artists booked to play The Great Escape. The Brighton showcase had a similar financial relationship to Barclays, with around one-third of artists initially on the bill dropping out.

Latitude have not commented on the call-offs. The festival runs between July 25th – 28th.

Main Photo Credit: Arianna Mangubat

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