U2’s Glastonbury set attracts protest
and no - it's not because they're considering playing 'The Sweetest Thing'
Little-known Dublin act U2 will be facing tax-avoidance protesters Art Uncut when they hit the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury later this month.
They're protesting that U2 moved their business interests to the Netherlands in 2006, after the Irish government tightened up the tax on artists who were raking it in.
"Bono claims to care about the developing world," they told The Guardian but U2 greedily indulges in the very kind of tax avoidance which is crippling the poor nations of this world. We will be showing the very real impact of U2's tax avoidance on hospitals and schools in Ireland. Anyone watching will be very much aware that Bono needs to pay up".
Art Uncut are planning on making themselves known during the band's headline s lot - but have said they will not disrupt the gig.
Band manager Paul McGuinnes has previously said: “U2 is a global business and pays taxes globally. At least 95 per cent of U2’s business takes place outside of Ireland and as a result the band pays many different kinds of taxes all over the world.”