Russell Crowe, Lulu and Laura Whitmore among stars shouting for water with tattoo designs for WaterAid at Glastonbury Festival

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Abigail Smith
on
18 June 2024
Tattoo designed by Lulu for Glastonbury Festival

 

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Glastonbury Festival performers including Lulu, Russell Crowe, Bloc Party, The Vaccines, London Grammar and Declan McKenna have teamed up with WaterAid to design a series of colourful water-themed temporary tattoos to make a splash about the global water crisis at Worthy Farm.

Also contributing their exclusive designs to the fun range that will make their mark with a powerful message about the importance of clean water are festival regulars, presenter Laura Whitmore and model Mia Regan.

From bold prints reimagining album covers to delicate musical water droplets and dancing figures, there will be a special tattoo for every type of music fan available at WaterAid water kiosks and toilets at Glastonbury Festival, and at other festivals throughout the summer.

Together, the stars are raising awareness of the one in ten people who do not have clean water close to home and the life-changing impact having these basic resources has on people’s health, education and livelihoods.

Russell Crowe, actor and singer with Indoor Garden Party, best known for his roles in Gladiator and Les Misérables, will be performing on the Acoustic stage. He said:

“Indoor Garden Party are so happy to be heading to Glastonbury to perform. It’s the first time for any of us in the band to grace this sacred site, and we are really looking forward to it. We’ve designed a temporary tattoo to help support WaterAid. Access to clean water is absolutely vital for life. Our tattoo is a reshaped version of our ‘Prose and Cons’ album cover. Access to clean water is essential for health; unfortunately for millions around the world, it can be a daily challenge. Together, we can make a difference. “

Singer Lulu, who will be playing her last ever gig at Glastonbury Festival, said: 

“Almost 1 in 10 people around the world don’t have clean water close to home, meaning women spend hours walking long distances for water that is so dirty it can make their families sick. Water changes lives for good, which is why I’m teamed up with WaterAid to Shout for Water with my tattoo for Glastonbury Festival. We can all make our voices heard and call for everyone to have this basic right for all by supporting WaterAid!”  

Kele Okerere, lead singer and guitarist for Bloc Party, who will be performing on the Other Stage, said: 

“We’re excited to share our special ‘Water Party’ tattoo, which celebrates the power of water and will be available this summer at Glastonbury Festival. Everyone needs clean water, but millions of people still live without it, and our changing climate is making the situation worse. That’s not fair, and that’s why we’re supporting WaterAid’s call for everyone, everywhere to have clean water. Together we can all make a difference and make this a safer and fairer world for all”.

The international charity is calling on festivalgoers to support its Vote Water campaign – calling on the next UK Government to prioritise clean water, sanitation and hygiene in its foreign aid budget.

Laura Whitmore, TV and radio presenter, said:

“Music is a huge part of my life and I’m passionate about using the power of music and art for good. That’s why I’m excited to share my water-themed tattoo design for WaterAid ahead of this year’s Glastonbury Festival – it’s a fun tattoo with a serious message. 

“So many of us take clean water for granted, yet millions are denied this basic right. Women and girls are especially affected as they are largely responsible for spending hours each day collecting water for their families. It’s unjust, and we can all help make a difference by adding our voice to WaterAid’s Vote Water campaign, calling for water for all. To me, it’s a no-brainer.”

Model Mia Regan said:  

"My tattoo for WaterAid celebrates music and water. On a trip to Nepal last year, I was fortunate enough to visit a school where WaterAid worked with the community to bring clean water and toilets, and it was amazing to see the difference it has made. Girls told me how they now enjoy their studies without worrying about getting sick or managing their period while at school. Water and toilets change lives. That’s why I’m adding my voice to WaterAid’s Vote Water campaign to help get clean water to all.”

WaterAid is celebrating its 30th year at Glastonbury Festival, having been an official charity partner since 1994, supporting water and sanitation services on site while also highlighting its work to help bring clean water and decent toilets to people living in poverty around the world.

This year, more than 700 WaterAid volunteers will lend a hand across the week - working the water refill kiosks, running the women’s urinals, cleaning the toilets and handwashing stations and supporting the post-festival clean-up.  

Justin Hayward-Young, lead singer of The Vaccines said: 

“Hey! We’ve designed our tattoo for WaterAid based on our new album, ‘Pick-up Full of Carnations’. The flowers symbolise gratitude, and our album aims to bring a sense of hope. We’re lucky to have clean water on tap, but hundreds of millions of people do not have this luxury. Together, we can make a difference.”

Hannah Reid, lead vocalist for London Grammar, said:  

“I can’t imagine having to walk for miles to collect clean water for my family, but this is the reality for so many women around the world. That’s why I’m supporting WaterAid at Glastonbury Festival this year by designing a special tattoo and sharing the message that everyone deserves clean water.”   

Singer Declan McKenna said:

“Music and art are powerful ways to share an idea or message, which is why I’m supporting WaterAid at Glastonbury with this tattoo I’ve designed. Almost 1 in 10 people live without clean water close to home, and I’m proud to be a part of WaterAid’s campaign to ensure everyone everywhere has access to this basic right.”

To find out more and to support WaterAid’s Vote Water campaign visit wateraid.org/votewater. 

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Abigail Smith, Senior Media Officer, [email protected] or Laura Crowley, PR manager, [email protected] or +44 (0)207 793 4965, or call the after-hours press line on +44 (0)7887 521 552 or [email protected] 

Notes to Editors:

WaterAid 

 WaterAid is an international not-for-profit determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. We work alongside communities in 22 countries to secure these three essentials that transform people’s lives. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 28 million people with clean water and nearly 29 million people with decent toilets.

For more information, visit our website wateraid.org/uk, follow us on Twitter @WaterAidUK, @WaterAid or @WaterAidPress, or find us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

  • 703 million people in the world – almost one in ten – don’t have clean water close to home.
  • 2.2 billion people in the world – more than one in four – don’t have safe water.
  • Almost 2 billion people in the world – one in four – lack soap and/or water to wash their hands at home, if they have a place at all.
  • 1.5 billion people in the world – almost one in five – don’t have a decent toilet of their own.
  • 570 million people in the world – 1 in 14 – have a decent toilet but have to share it with people outside their family. This compromises the privacy, dignity and safety of women and girls.
  • Almost 400,000 children under five die every year due to diseases caused by unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. That's more than 1000 children a day, or almost one child every one and a half minutes. 
  • Investing in safely managed water, sanitation and hygiene services provides up to 21 times more value than it costs.

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[3] WaterAid (2021). Mission-critical: Invest in water, sanitation and hygiene for a healthy and green economic recovery. Available at: washmatters.wateraid.org/publications/mission-critical-invest-water-sanitation-hygiene-healthy-green-recovery (accessed 1 Nov 2023).