Sir Lenny Henry ‘shocked’ by lack of black individuals at UK music festivals

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Sir Lenny Henry has spoken about how he’s “at all times shocked” by the shortage of black individuals at music festivals within the UK.

Talking about Glastonbury Competition, the actor and comic stated it’s “attention-grabbing” that he doesn’t see any black individuals within the viewers.

Glastonbury takes place subsequent week at Worthy Farm in Somerset, lastly celebrating its fiftieth anniversary after being delayed by the pandemic, with Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and rapper Kendrick Lamar confirmed as headliners.

Discussing variety and locations the place completely different teams don’t combine, the 63-year-old stated: “It is attention-grabbing to observe Glastonbury and take a look at the viewers and never see any black individuals there.

“I am at all times shocked by the shortage of black and brown faces at festivals. I feel, ‘Wow, that is nonetheless very a lot a dominant tradition factor’.”

He made the feedback throughout an interview for Radio Occasions about his newest documentary.

The 2-part present appears to be like into how Caribbean tradition was launched into the UK, talking to quite a lot of friends together with Levi Roots, Billy Ocean and Judy Love.

Throughout his interview, Sir Lenny additionally addressed Clive Myrie not too long ago turning into the primary black host of the long-running BBC quiz present Mastermind.

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He stated: “It is nice to have David Olusoga on tv speaking about black British historical past that goes again to Hadrian’s Wall.

“Someplace the gatekeepers have modified, as a result of now we’re allowed to have you ever on Mastermind. However how lengthy did that take?

“We nonetheless need extra illustration as a result of we deserve it. We’re British residents, we’re colonials.”

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