Mumford & Sons will play to a sold out crowd in Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday night.
The band will donate all of their profits to a new fund that will “support those who have made it their mission to pursue love and justice.” They will start by making a donation to a Charlotte-area LGBTQ organization.
Mumford & Sons shared their message with fans on Facebook:
We will be playing a show tomorrow in Charlotte, and recent events in North Carolina have got us talking a lot as a band the last few days, so we felt compelled to say something in advance to you.
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.
Over the years we’ve looked for ways to contribute to the vitality of local communities and, in that spirit, we’re now creating a charitable fund to support those who have made it their mission to pursue love and justice. We will be donating all of our profits from this show to this new fund. And we will start by making a donation from it to a local LGBTQ organisation.
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.
M, B, W & T”
This gesture is in response to the controversial state law known as “HB2” and the “Bathroom Law.” The law overturned a non-discrimination Charlotte ordinance that extended protections to the LGBTQ community. Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr are among the artists who have cancelled concerts in North Carolina to protest the law. Other artists, including Jimmy Buffett, have spoken out against the law while still planning to perform in the state.