Animal Collective Releases Live Shows In Support Of Progress North Carolina Action

By Andy Kahn May 9, 2016 1:44 pm PDT

Animal Collective played a concert last night at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina. Following the show the band addressed the recently passed controversial HB2 state law, stated their decision for performing in North Carolina last evening despite its passage and shared a pair of live shows for pay-as-you-want downloads with proceeds going to Progress North Carolina Action.

The band also invited Progress North Carolina Action to set up a table at The Orange Peel Sunday night. Animal Collective revealed they’ve been recording and mixing some of their recent live appearances and in support of Progress North Carolina Action made available their March 9, 2016 show at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles and their April 13, 2016 concert at the O2 Ritz Manchester in Manchester, United Kingdom to stream and download. Head here to access the newly shared recordings and read the full statement from the band below:

Last night, Animal Collective performed at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. For those who were at the show, you may have seen a table set up for Progress North Carolina Action, who we were introduced to by North Carolina Needs You (http://ncneedsyou.com). They (http://progressnc.org) are an organization “dedicated to being a voice for forward-thinking North Carolinians who want to protect the balanced approach to government”. Recently, North Carolina passed a law, known as HB2, that dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use and attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. We felt that canceling our show, like many others have done in protest of this law, would be a disappointment to our fans and decided to go on with the performance. That being said, we don’t condone or agree with any type of bigotry or discrimination.

This year, we’ve been recording and mixing some of our live shows. In an effort to raise awareness and help those fighting for equality, we are making two of our favorite recent shows available for download in a “pay what you want” model. To listen to/download shows from March 9, 2016 at Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA or April 13, 2016 at O2 Ritz Manchester in Manchester, UK please visit https://anmlcollectve.bandcamp.com/ and donate what you’d like to contribute to Progress NC. All proceeds from these downloads will go to that organization. Thanks!

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