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
U2 Glastonbury Festival: Band Draws Protesters Who Claim They've Dodged Ireland Taxes
A festival-goer ploughs through thick mud ahead of the annual Glastonbury Music Festival, at Pilton, England, Thursday, June 23, 2011,.   (Joel Ryan)

(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.

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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. (Read more Bono stories.)

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