Haggard Cat entombed in concrete in 24-hour Brexit protest

Haggard Cat entombed in concrete
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Nottingham rockers Haggard Cat have entombed themselves in concrete as a 24-hour protest to draw attention to the possible negative impact of Brexit on musicians' ability to tour in Europe. 

“Locking yourself in a box is a stupid idea," explains frontman Matt Reynolds. "As is Brexit. 

"It’s intentionally doing something we know is stupid and not in our best interests and puts us at risk," he continues. "As touring musicians, we can see that the outlook for playing in mainland Europe post-Brexit is bleak, and potentially not even viable for developing artists. 

"We really wanted to demonstrate our feelings on the matter and put across how isolating Brexit is going to be for everyone in Britain, but from our perspective as musicians in particular, by isolating ourselves physically with bricks and mortar."

The pair – completed by drummer Tom Marsh – are streaming the protest live on the internet, allowing fans to chat and ask questions.

When Classic Rock checked in after a couple of hours, the pair were already showing signs of cabin fever, and were singing the lines to Don't Hug Me I'm Scared's disturbing children's classic Scrub Scrub Scrub 'til the Water's Brown.

In August, Fish reported that touring plans and production costs could be affected if the UK left the European Union without a deal at the end of this month.

"It affects me on so many levels including manufacturing the new album," said the singer. "It may mean shifting production to Europe including the clothing merch which up until now has been manufactured in the UK by a firm who themselves will suffer as so many bands who use them will be in the same position regarding export/import duties."

And in December 2018, musicians including Nick Mason, Marillion, Enter Shikari, Chrissie Hynde and Public Service Broadcasting addressed Westminster MPs in an open letter, asking for a workable alternative to current Brexit plans. 

Haggard Cat Tour Dates

Nov 05: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Nov 06: Birmingham O2 Academy
Nov 07: Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Nov 08: Cardiff Tramshead
Nov 09: Bristol O2 Academy
Nov 11: Bristol Thekla
Nov 12: Cambridge The Portland Arms
Nov 13: Southampton Joiners
Nov 30: London The Moth Club
Dec 11: Stafford Redrun
Dec 12: Nottingham Rough Trade
Dec 13: London The Islington
Dec 14: Manchester Academy 2

Haggard Cat

(Image credit: Earache Records)
Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 37 years in music industry, online for 24. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.