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Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson says he had “a bit of a crisis” about his age when live music came back

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Sleaford Mods have discussed their experience with ageism in the music industry and the significance of them hitting a peak in their popularity in middle age.Vocalist Jason Williamson, who is 52, admitted in a new interview with The Guardian that he had “a bit of a crisis” regarding his age when live music resumed.“The thing of, ‘I’m too old to do this now’, when we started playing live again, I had a bit of a crisis about,” says Williamson. “All our contemporaries are 25 years younger, most of them, and you get quite a lot of ageism.

But what can I say to them? I was doing the same thing 20 years ago.”“You can question yourself and that’s important,” added multi-instrumentalist Andrew Fearn, who is 51, “but more important is the reality.

Like Kate Bush, her latest is probably even better than her early stuff. It’s good, I think, to be around still. You’re sending out a great message to people in their 30s and 40s to say, ‘You’re never too old for creativity’.

Also, I remember when I was nobody and was constantly making music and putting it out on social media, and it wouldn’t even get one ‘like’… That’s a lot tougher.

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