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THE ONLY GAY IN THE VILLAGERS

...that we know of, anyway. Villagers is the musical brainchild of Irish indie-folkster Conor O’Brien, with a changing band of musicians helping him out for the past seven years. After being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize twice, and winning a prestigious Ivor Novello award for songwriting, Villagers’ third album Darling Arithmetic – released this year – saw Conor confront his sexuality head-on in his songs for the very first time. And just in time for his country’s referendum, too...
IMAGES ANDREW WHITTON

Sometimes the planets really do align when it comes to interviews. We’re sat in a chapel at London’s historic Royal Chelsea Hospital with Villagers, aka Conor O’Brien. In the distance, we can hear gay pop icon Rufus Wainwright sound checking. And in just a few hours, the pair will take to the stage in these iconic surroundings and play to the thousands of fans braving the summer rain with a spellbinding pair of sets.

The chapel is a significant location in light of recent events. Conor’s home country of Ireland has just made history by becoming the first to vote en masse in favour of same-sex marriage. It’s something he’s immensely proud of, given the country’s history of Catholicism and repression by the church.

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