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Mumford & Sons keep North Carolina concert date – will donate profits to LGBTI group

Mumford & Sons keep North Carolina concert date – will donate profits to LGBTI group

Grammy Award winning band Mumford & Sons kept their concert date in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday (14 April) but also made a statement against the state’s anti-LGBTI law.

While Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have canceled concerts in the state, Mumford & Sons have gone the way of Cyndi Lauper by choosing to perform but donating the profits to an LGBTI charity.

‘As a band that relishes welcoming everyone to our shows and promoting tolerance, we do want to take a stand with the people of North Carolina who this week are shouting loudly against intolerance, fear and discrimination,’ the group said in a Facebook post.

The band says it is creating a charitable fund ‘to support those who have made it their mission to pursue love and justice.’

They will be donating profits from the Charlotte show to this new fund which will kick off with a donation to a local LGBTI organization.

‘As always, we will open the doors to our show to anyone who wants to come, and are excited to get down with the people of Charlotte,’ they stated.

The band consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboard, piano, synthesizer), Winston Marshall (vocals, electric guitar, banjo) and Ted Dwane (vocals, bass guitar, double bass).

Most Fans are grateful for the band’s handling of the situation.

‘What a great way to not punish your fans that believe in equality AND still make a statement in solidarity,’ wrote Cathy Logsdon on Facebook.

Another fan, Lauren Formy-Duval, wrote: ‘As a North Carolinian who hates all HB2 stands for, thank you for coming to our state and making such a gesture! So many of us here are appalled at the actions of our state government. I can’t wait to see you guys tomorrow in Charlotte!!

But not everyone is pleased.

‘You all have never taken a political stance on anything, ever,’ wrote Rachel Wiggins. ‘And I’ve admired you all for this for so long because there are so many artists shoving their views in your face every day. But not you guys. I am disappointed that now, of all the stances to be taking, it is this one. Perhaps the most sensitive of all. I am extremely disappointed.’

HB2 bans all local LGBTI rights ordinances in the state and was rushed into law to override an ordinance in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identification.