Sir Lenny Henry ‘surprised’ by lack of black people at UK music festivals | Ents & Arts News




Sir Lenny Henry said he was “still surprised” by the lack of black people at music festivals in the UK.

Speaking about the Glastonbury Festival, the actor and comedian said it was “interesting” that he didn’t see any black people in the audience.

Glastonbury takes place next week at Worthy Farm in Somerset, finally celebrating its 50th anniversary after being delayed by the pandemic, with Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and rapper Kendrick Lamar confirmed as headliners.

Discussing diversity and where different groups don’t mix, the 63-year-old said: “It’s interesting to watch Glastonbury and watch the audience and not see any black people there.

“I’m always surprised by the lack of black and brown faces at festivals. I think, ‘Wow, it’s still a mainstream culture thing’.”

He made the comments during an interview for Radio Times about his latest documentary.

The two-part show examines how Caribbean culture was introduced to the UK, speaking to various guests including Levi Roots, Billy Ocean and Judy Love.

During his interview, Sir Lenny also spoke to Clive Myrie, who recently became the first black host of the long-running BBC quiz show Mastermind.

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He said: “It’s great to have David Olusoga on TV talking about black British history dating back to Hadrian’s Wall.

“Somewhere the guardians have changed, because now we are allowed to have you on Mastermind. But how long did it take?

“We always want more representation because we deserve it. We are British citizens, we are colonials.”


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