The event, which was originally billed as part of the Barclaycard presents BST series, went ahead as a solo concert without any sponsorship. That’s after he refused to perform at a festival bearing the name of what he called “a fossil fuel-funding entity”.
On site, fans applauded the Canadian’s decision to pull rank in order to make an environmental point. One fan told the BBC: “If an old rocker wants to pull his weight and knock some people around in the corporate world that’s good, why not?” Another agreed, saying: “If that’s what he promotes and he’s against that, then they are the people that need to do it – the people with a platform.”
“That’s the way forward, we need to be greener,” added a third fan. However, they all said they would not have supported the gig being pulled completely for the same reason. “We might have got a refund at least!”