Musicians won’t let it drop at Glastonbury

Kaiser Chiefs & other artists are supporting Water Aid @ Glastonbury
Kaiser Chiefs & other artists are supporting Water Aid @ Glastonbury

Musicians at this year’s 40th Glastonbury Festival are rallying behind charity WaterAid’s Don’t Let It Drop campaign to send a message to world leaders ahead of an important UN summit on global poverty this September.

The campaign calls on leaders not to let their promises on safe water and sanitation drop and is supported by Michael and Emily Eavis, Faithless, Corinne Bailey Rae, Kate Nash, The Cribs, Foals,  Joshua Radin, Ricky Wilson and Nick Hodgson from the Kaiser Chiefs, Salif Keita, Emmanuel Jal, The Duke Spirit, Goldie, Amadou and Mariam and Biffy Clyro.

WaterAid is one of the festival’s official charities and the artists appear in a campaign film which will be online and screened at Glastonbury on big screens above the Pyramid and the Other Stage over the festival weekend.

Each artist wears a temporary WaterAid tattoo and pledges not to let the issue drop. Festival goers and people at home are encouraged to add their voice to the campaign by signing the WaterAid petition and wearing the specially designed tattoo which will be available at Glastonbury.

WaterAid is holding world leaders to the promises they made ten years ago when they first came together at the UN to agree the Millennium Development Goals, a set of targets to tackle world poverty by 2015. There are just five years to go and targets in Sub-Saharan Africa for water continue to fall behind, but most shockingly the aim of halving the proportion of the world’s population without adequate sanitation is almost 200 years behind target.

Michael and Emily Eavis said:

“We hope everyone at Glastonbury and everyone watching at home signs up to the Don’t let it Drop campaign. Water and sanitation are vital in getting people out of poverty and we all need to put our voice behind this message to world leaders.”

According to Sister Bliss of Faithless,

”These promises have to be followed through with actions. Sanitation and water are so precious, we’re so lucky to have them in this country. Imagine for one minute what it’s like not to have sanitation or access to clean water where you live, to do all the things you need to do. It’s beyond my ken how we can allow this situation to happen.”

WaterAid will be providing Glastonbury goers with new composting toilets in the King’s Meadow, the famous women’s urinal (the she-pees), as well as handing out water at the WaterAid stand by the Pyramid Stage. The ever popular giant poo and toilet costumes will also be making their annual appearances at the festival.

WaterAid has been an official charity of Glastonbury since 1994 and over this time the festival has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for clean water and sanitation projects for some of the world’s poorest communities. In 2006 Michael and Emily Eavis visited WaterAid’s work in Mozambique to see first hand the difference that donations from the festival make.

Anyone wanting to sign up to the Don’t Let It Drop campaign and view the film can do so at www.wateraid.org/glasto.

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