Waters was playing to a packed-out crowd at the SSE Hydro for the second night running, and during his performance electronic signs revealed the phrase ‘Trump is a pig’, in black and white.
Yet, shortly after, this changed ‘Trump is a bawbag’, as an ode to an iconic placard made by an anti-trump protester for a Glasgow city centre demo in January 2017, and a #PresidentBawbag hashtag which went viral in Scotland and across the pond in the US.
Waters, who has always been politically active while maintaining his music career, addressed Celtic fans in the crowd during Friday night’s gig, praising them for their support of Palestine.
Trump is due to make a state visit to the UK in a fortnight and is expected to return to Scotland during that time.
This has prompted an angry response from opponents of the US President, and Scottish Government transport minister Humza Yousaf, who has hit out at the potential costs of policing Trump’s arrival, which could cost Police Scotland £5million.
The SSE Hydro is a multi-purpose indoor arena located within the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, Scotland. The arena was initially named The Hydro after its main sponsor, energy company Scottish & Southern Energy subsidiary Scottish Hydro. The company then re-branded itself and its subsidiary companies as SSE, however the Hydro name was retained despite it no longer being a trading name. The arena was designed by the London-based architects Foster + Partners and officially opened on 30 September 2013, with a concert by Rod Stewart.
Within 3 years of opening, the SSE Hydro became the eighth-busiest venue worldwide. The arena handled 751,487 ticket sales making it the eighth-busiest music arena in the world in terms of ticket sales. It also hosted the UFC’s first event in Scotland – an event which was impossible to hold in any other arena in the country.
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