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Music icon Goldie slams UK government’s neglect of club culture: ‘It’s a fucking travesty’

55-year-old musician Clifford Price MBE (DJ Goldie) was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace in 2016 for his contribution to British industry.

Goldie ripped through UK government restrictions, in particular guidelines halting the reopening of clubs and nightlife for another four weeks following the Delta variant.

Last Monday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said social distancing would continue in England and Wales until at least July 19 – almost a month later than originally planned. An average of 7,278 daily cases were reported in the UK last week, a 127% increase on the average two weeks ago.

English nightclubs have been told for the fourth time that they cannot reopen at all, even with distancing. Nightclubs in Britain have been closed since March 2020 and more than 150 events were planned in London alone for the weekend of June 25, including a sold-out 42-hour party at the Fabric club. The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) in the UK issued a statement last week calling for “urgent government intervention”.

In an Instagram video – which has now been viewed over 122,000 times since yesterday – DJ, visual artist, actor, producer and musician Goldie has criticized the hypocrisy of awarding MBEs to artists who have contributed to the industry British musical while failing to provide support during the pandemic.

The performer is credited with helping put the underground drum and bass and jungle sounds on the mainstream map, and was recognized for his services to his industry and young people in 2016 by Prince Charles .

Instantly recognizable with his gold-capped teeth, Goldie (Clifford Price) highlighted the billions of pounds in income brought to Britain by musicians, highlighting the double standard of allowing thousands of football fans to come together in great groups over the weekend while keeping the clubs closed. . Wembley Stadium hosted England against Scotland at Euro 2020 last week, with huge crowds forming.

“A bunch of people walk into a room, take their caps off and give you an MBE for contributing to the music, but what’s confusing are the double standards that impact club culture. That culture has paid off a lot of money to the industry. Think of the vendors at night and the cleaners involved in clubs and festivals. Yet you can have 30,000 people in the middle of London, and I love football, but you can have so many people going there, having a drink, having a good time, but you can’t open a club,” Goldie said in the video.

“I’m really confused. What kind of message are you sending?” added the DJ. “What’s the UK government doing, the people who make these f**king rules? I’ve got my little ‘Blue Peter’ badge and recognition for what I’ve achieved, but what have you achieved? What have you achieved? do you seriously other than press a pen? You don’t think logically about what it really means to deny the culture of the club.”

Goldie also spoke of the emotional and mental toll the lack of nightlife is taking on young people in the UK.

“If that’s what you’re telling us, what does it do for the next generation? Do you have a vendetta against dance music? You couldn’t go crazy when you were a kid? Unbelievable. That’s a fucking parody.”

Price grew up in the care system and grew up in the West Midlands, acknowledging when he received his MBE award five years ago that “music and art did indeed save my life – the light lit up when I discovered art”.

Currently, dance events are still not permitted under Ireland’s Covid-19 restrictions, with no guidelines in place as to when clubs will reopen.

Watch the full, swear-inducing video below: