What music stars like Ellie Goulding and Stormzy think about the EU referendum

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding has been active on Twitter, urging fans to have their say in the EU referendum.

She's voting to remain, in case you wondered.

And when fans threatened to boycott her gigs because they didn't agree with her views? She told them not to come.

Mixing pop and politics can be a bit of a minefield, but we caught up with some major names in the British music industry to discover where they stand on the upcoming vote.

Jamie MacColl from Bombay Bicycle Club can see some major issues for musicians if the UK chooses to leave the EU.

"Primarily I'm interested in the implications of touring round Europe," he tells Newsbeat.

"At the moment, musicians don't have to travel with visas round Europe so there's no visa fees.

Jamie MacColl
Image caption If the UK voted to leave the EU, Jamie MacColl is worried it could affect touring around Europe

"If you're an up and coming band, when touring Europe, it's very expensive in the first place."

This issue doesn't just affect musicians and neither do cheap flights to America and cheaper calls home from Europe.

"The EU has enabled very cheap flights and it has also created a deal with the US which means cheap flights to the US as well," he says.

"The EU has just abolished roaming charges and even crossing borders, you don't have to get up in the middle of the night to get out everywhere."

Yannis Philippakis
Image caption Yannis Philippakis from Foals is more worried about the UK's growing population

Yannis Philippakis from Foals is more concerned with immigration than travel, however, and the pressure migrants will put on British resources.

"My main concern, and I guess this is the thing that the Brexit people are playing on, is that the British population will expand to 80 million," he tells Newsbeat.

"When you already have problems with the NHS, problems with schooling, there are problems within British society's infrastructure and my concern would only be that you don't have serenity.

"You don't have ability to control what is happening in your own country."

Yannis is from Greece and the economic crisis in his homeland has shaped his views on the current situation.

"They held referendums to go along with austerity measures," he says.

"You start to realise that what you think of as your country and your democratic say has been stripped away.

"That's not to say that I'm with the people who are Brexit but I think that there are very legitimate concerns."

Stormzy
Image caption Stormzy just wants people to think about voting - the deadline to register has been extended until midnight tonight

However if you're Stormzy, making sure young people are aware that they can have their say should be the priority.

He didn't give his EU view though.

"I'm very particular with how I speak on politics, now that I have got a few more hits on YouTube and sold a few more records.

"I know my voice can have a little bit of influence.

"But with voting, I feel it's just something that young people need to know that they can if they want to, they can contribute if they want to."

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