Dan Smith, the leader of the Bastille, wore a pin in the colors of the Ukrainian flag to the NME Awards Ceremony to show solidarity with the country.
he was the chart-topping singer, 35, also wearing a blue and yellow t-shirt when he arrived at Brixton Academy in London for Wednesday’s event.
International musical acts including Green Day, Louis Tomlinson and The Killers have canceled concerts in Russia about the invasion of Ukraine, with groups like Massive Attack and The Who also showing solidarity with those affected. affected by the conflict.
Speaking on the red carpet, Smith told the PA news agency: “Like everyone else, I’ve only been glued to the news and Twitter for the past few days, the last few weeks.
“Watching what is happening in Ukraine happening is absolutely appalling.
“I obviously feel a little weird coming into something like this tonight which is meant to be musically fun and celebratory. It is innately quite frivolous.”
Speaking of her decision to wear the pin, Smith added: “I guess it’s just a way to show anyone who’s watching that we’re thinking about everyone in Ukraine and doing everything we can. to support and try to raise funds for an absolutely unbelievably horrible situation.”
Bastille has encouraged their fans to donate to a number of causes, such as Unicef and War Child UK, through their official social media accounts.
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Smith added: “We’re just a bunch of guys in the band but I feel like I have this platform to try and hope inadequately, talk about the important things and help in any way.” as small, as petty as we could possibly be.
“Because we all end up watching things like this happen on the news and this f****** fight…you can’t help but feel so helpless.
“It’s just natural human instinct to want to try and be vaguely helpful in any way we can.”
Ukraine’s emergency services say more than 2,000 civilians have been killed since the invasion, although that number has not been independently verified.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/bastille-frontman-dan-smith-wears-colours-of-ukrainian-flag-to-nme-awards-41404936.html Bastille leader Dan Smith wears the colors of the Ukrainian flag to the NME . Awards