Gary Flockhart: Prayers answered as Chvrches join bill

Lauren Mayberry. Picture: contributed

Lauren Mayberry. Picture: contributed

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TAKE a bow, that man. A few weeks back, I urged Pete Irvine, artistic director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, to get on the blower to Chvrches and book them for this year’s bash.

To my delight, Scotland’s band-of-the-moment have since been added to the line-up. Result!

The electro-pop trio will be the perfect warm-up act for headliners Pet Shop Boys on the big night.

Joining them on the bill are Edinburgh-formed art-rockers Django Django and local pop-punk legends The Rezillos, in what is one of the best Hogmanay line-ups for years.

Speaking of Chvrches, last week frontwoman Lauren Mayberry, pictured, was the talk of the music press after she wrote a blog in which she expressed her frustration with online misogyny.

The singer had previously ignored the many sexist and suggestive posts on the band’s Facebook page – until last week, when she asked fans to “Stop. Seriously”.

It’s not hard to see why when you read some of the sickening messages.

Here’s three examples: “This isn’t rape culture. You’ll know rape culture when I’m raping you, bitch.”

“I have your address and I will come round to your house and give a*** and you will love it you t*** lol.”

“Act like a slut, getting treated like a sluy [sic]”.

Lauren hit back saying: “I absolutely accept that in this industry there is comment and criticism. What I do not accept, however, is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from ‘a bit sexist but generally harmless’ to openly sexually aggressive. That it is something that ‘just happens.’ Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat? I hope not.”

Kudos to Lauren for her defiant stance against these anonymous trolls. No one should have to put up with that kind of nonsense.