Noel Gallagher has waded into the debate on working class people in the arts claiming there are not enough of them represented in the music industr and the ones that are ‘are just idiots’.
The High Flying Birds frontman, originally from Burnage, was speaking during an interview on 5 live Drive earlier today (MON) after the debate hit the headlines last week thanks to James Blunt and the Shadow Arts Minister Chris Bryant.
The singer-songwriter, who found fame with iconic Manchester band Oasis has blamed the recession on the reason people from poorer backgrounds struggled to find success in the industry.
He said: “I think with the recession and all that there’s a few things that have happened.
"It’s not possible for a working class people to sustain a music career if they don’t make it if they don’t have record labels and stuff.
"That’s become more difficult because of the recession. And you know the smaller type venues and rehearsal spaces they are all closing down now and becoming posh restaurants and flats. And that has taken the spaces for these bands or kids in bands to grow."
Last week singer James Blunt squared up to Labour’s shadow secretary for culture Chris Bryant over a debate there were too many upper class people in the arts and not enough opportunities from people from other backgrounds.
In his interview on 5 live Drive the outspoken City fan added: “I’m not sure there’s too many posh people in the arts - there’s just not enough working class people.
“I’m not an economic brain box but the working class don’t seem to have much of a voice or a presence in the charts or in the magazines of late, wouldn’t you agree? And the working class people that there are in there are just idiots.”
When asked whether there were any working class artists he had in mind when he said that Noel immediately replied: “I can think of Sleaford Mods for one, they are an embarrassment. And there’s some very tax efficient working class people knocking about isn’t there?”
The singer has hit the headlines a lot recently, after questioning how Ed Sheeran could sell out Wembley, declaring James Blunt song’s boring and disagreeing with how U2 delivered their latest album.
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