Mumford & Sons had crowds roaring even before they hit the stage in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday.
The band announced that it would donate all the funds generated from ticket sales to supporting LGBT rights in protest of the recently passed House Bill 2, also known as the “Bathroom Bill.” The law overturned a number of protections for the LGBT community, and will prohibit transgender people from using public restrooms based on their gender identity.
“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,” the band wrote in a statement on Facebook.
Mumford & Sons said it plans on launching a fund that supports “those who have made it their mission to pursue love and justice.” They're donating the profits from this particular show to the new fund and said they'd kick it off by contributing to a local LGBTQ organization.
The English band joins a number of other performers who have spoken out against the controversial bill. Bruce Springsteen canceled his April show at the Greensboro Coliseum. And Ringo Starr called off his June concert that was scheduled to take place in Cary, North Carolina.
“I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred,” the former Beatle said in a statement. “Spread peace and love.”