A Slip Of The Tongue By DJ Goldie Further Fuels Rumors Massive Attack Frontman Robert Del Naja Is Banksy • MetDaan

A Slip Of The Tongue By DJ Goldie Further Fuels Rumors Massive Attack Frontman Robert Del Naja Is Banksy


English DJ and visual artist Goldie has given further credence to long-running rumors that Massive Attack frontman Robert Del Naja is actually mysterious graffiti artist Banksy – the only dilemma has been whether it was simply a slip of the tongue or a carefully thought-out comment.


Commenting on Banksy’s commercialization on Scroobius Pip’s ‘Distraction Pieces’ podcast, the Walsall-born DJ said:

“Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write Banksy on it and we’re sorted. We can sell it now. No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”

The 51-year-old then paused awkwardly, before quickly changing the subject, perhaps realizing his faux pas.

Many fans were quick to notice the comment and could not see another Robert it could have referred to other than the founding member of the Bristol trip-hop sensation – an artist Goldie himself collaborated with in the late 1980s.

Over the years, rumors about Banksy being Del Naja’s alter ego were fueled by the location overlap of the street artist’s work with spots where Massive Attack had recently – or were soon set to – perform.

In April 2003 a work of Banksy reportedly appeared in Melbourne, where the band had played one month previously. In 2010, six Banksy murals were said to have appeared in San Francisco on the 1st of May; Massive Attack had played two shows in the city only a few weeks before.


Del Naja is a 52-year-old singer-songwriter who was a graffiti artist before the 1988 foundation of Massive Attack in his hometown of Bristol. Considered a pioneer of the stencil graffiti movement, his artwork has appeared on all of the seminal band’s record sleeves and Banksy himself has cited his work as an influence.

Speculation that Del Naja, in fact, is Banksy first started in 2013 when the singer exhibited his second solo show, which spanned 20 years of his work. Del Naja himself has said it is ‘a good story but sadly not true’.

“Wishful thinking, I think,” he said. “Banksy is a mate as well. He’s been to some of the gigs. It’s purely a matter of logistics and coincidence, nothing more than that.”

Scroll down for a look inside Dismaland, one of Banksy’s most famous projects. Imagined as a sinister take on Disneyland, the artist has called the temporary art installation in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, a ‘Bemusement Park’ and an ‘anti-theme park’.


“Seagull Attack” greets visitors near the entrance


Visitors must first get through security to enter the park. This can include being searched, emptying bags or being instructed to touch your toes before going through the cardboard scanner


Dismaland was open to the public in the summer of 2015. It was reportedly visited by 150,000 people and it is said to have boosted Weston-super-Mare’s local economy with around $25 million


Many celebrities visited the venue, including Brad Pitt, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Russell Brand and Mark Ronson, to name a few


Visitors were handed their very own guide to the park, featuring the names of the installations and showtimes. On the front, it brands Dismaland “the UK’s most disappointing visitor attraction”


The park was erected on the site of a former public swimming pool called Tropicana which has laid derelict since the 1990’s when Weston-super-Mare’s popularity as a seaside resort destination plummeted


“Topple the anvil and win the anvil” – just one of many disappointing games visitors can try their hand at


“What it’s really like to be a princess”, the scene of Cinderella hanging lifeless outside her pumpkin carriage as paparazzi surround it, was interpreted as a reference to the death of Princess Diana


A mushroom cloud made of cotton by Artist Dietrich Wegner


A migration crisis twist on theme park boating games with the white cliffs of Dover providing the backdrops


“Killer Whale jumping from a toilet” a piece by Banksy as a reference to the treatment of orca’s in SeaWorld parks


Banksy’s renowned stenciling technique applied to a mural named “Woman showering”


A Banksy piece referencing former politician and Baron of Weston-super-Mare Jeffrey Archer


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