Angry Irish to Protest U2 at Music Fest
Glastonbury demonstrators say group avoids taxes at home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 24, 2011 8:51 AM CDT
A festival-goer ploughs through thick mud ahead of the annual Glastonbury Music Festival, at Pilton, England, Thursday, June 23, 2011,.   (Joel Ryan)
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(Newser) – Activists say they plan a major protest during U2's performance at England's Glastonbury festival today, accusing the group of dodging tax taxes in Ireland. Bono "is well known for his anti-poverty campaigning," but has avoided paying Irish taxes at a time when the country desperately needs money, says a member of the group Art Uncut. Bono, guitarist The Edge, and U2's other members—bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen—are among Ireland's wealthiest residents.

In 2006, the band moved its corporate base from Ireland to the Netherlands, where royalties on music incur virtually no tax. U2 is headlining the first night of the three-day festival. Some 170,000 people have descended on a farm in southwest England for the muddy music extravaganza, which includes sets by Radiohead, Morrissey, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay, Beyonce and scores of other acts.