AS the general election looms ever closer it comes as a surprise that only 43% of young people aged 18-24 voted in the last general election.
With the future of the United Kingdom hanging in the balance over Brexit negations we begin a series of features discovering the magical relationship between music, politics, and the effects of communities.
With music being the dominant media form reaching every corner of the Earth, it is an understatement to say this powerful form is key to bridging the gap between the public and the government.
Often proven to be the voice of the general public in an attempt for the government officials to hear a collective voice, we spoke to three up and coming musical artists who have taken the time to offer their verdict on the issues we will be covering throughout this three-piece series regarding music politics and the community.
During the 2015 general election, BBC statistics revealed that 43% of 18-24-year-olds who cast their ballot voted for Labour, while 27% voted Conservative, 8% UKIP and 5% Lib Dem. With this information in mind it is clear than young voters who do cast their vote have a strong left-wing approach to the politics at hand, yet 57% of young voters do not cast their vote at all.
“It’s like winning the lottery” says Disparity by Design front man Joe Stephenson.
“I think as a generation we’re so used to being connected on our phones that the idea of taking time out of your day to go down to a polling station to put one vote in which is potentially one out of 60 million. I think it’s only people that have really strong viewpoints that actually vote”.
It’s an opinion many of the U. K’s youth share, evidenced by the 43% of 18-24 who voted. Manchester indie band Puppet Rebellion revealed his reasoning for not voting. “Well for me personally, I didn’t used to vote when I was younger because I quite frankly couldn’t be arsed and thought what difference would I make?”.
It’s something you hear from teenagers and young adults time and time again. The BBC also claims that if 78% of young voters turned up for the general election on June 8th, than an extra two million votes.
Since then, Davies admits he has thankfully changed his point of view. “I didn’t follow politics at all so didn’t know what I would be voting for. So I think that might be the case with a lot of younger people.” He says, adding” Whereas now I have seen the light thankfully and know that every vote counts”.
Joining the masses of undecided and unconvinced youths throughout the country is Grimsby indie rocker Zak Rashid, most known for being the frontman of Mint. “I feel like labour’s going to win and that’s who I’m voting for, hopefully that’ll be good.” Despite admitting, he will be casting his vote this general election, it is clear that the front man is hesitant due a disbelief in his actions actually having an effect.
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