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some dude tried to kiss Alvvays singer Molly Rankin on stage

Lollapalooza 2017 - Saturday
Alvvays at Lollapalooza 2017 (more by James Richards IV)

Alvvays are on tour now in support of their sophomore album Antisocialites, and at Saturday’s (9/16) show in Antwerp, Belgium, a man jumped on stage and tried to kiss singer Molly Rankin. She seemed genuinely caught off guard and ducked away as soon as he went towards her, and though she also seemed to laugh it off afterwards, it’s a bummer that this kind of thing is still happening. The person who posted the video said on Reddit, “They finished their set and came back for the encore. Alec warned us to never try to kiss the lead singer as they only have one and they don’t want to lose her, something along these lines. Molly felt nervous afterwards.” You can watch the video below — the incident occurs just after the 3:30 mark.

UPDATE: Ken Veerman, the director at Trix, the show’s venue in Antwerp, released a statement via Facebook:

This weekend a man got on stage during the Alvvays show at Trix and harassed the band’s singer. Trix regrets this happened on our stage. It is incredible and saddening that we should still spell this out in 2017, but here goes: it is in no way, shape or form acceptable to harass women on or off stage. Rock shows belong to everybody and you should respect people’s integrity. Being very drunk and slightly enamoured with a musician somehow doesn’t magically make this kind of behaviour alright. This not “just a bit of fun”. This is beyond annoying. And you need to do better.

We apologise to the band and audience that this happened on our watch. This was not ok.

Ken Veerman
Director at Trix

Alvvays’ tour hits NYC on 10/5 at Brooklyn Steel with Nap Eyes (tickets). They also just added new UK dates for 2018. Updated dates are listed below.

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Alvvays — 2017/2018 Tour Dates

2017 NORTH AMERICAN DATES
09/30 – Long Beach, CA @ Music Tastes Good Festival
10/03 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel #
10/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
10/07 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel #
10/08 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel #
10/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West #
10/12 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In #
10/13 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn #
10/14 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks #
10/16 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Downstairs #
10/17 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk #
10/18 – Dallas, TX @ Trees #
10/20 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf #
10/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
10/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore #
10/26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge $
10/27 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge $
10/28 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox $
10/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge $
10/31 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater $
11/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue $
11/03 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall $
11/04 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick $
11/17 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
11/18 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
11/19 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
11/20 – Hamilton, ON @ The Studio
11/21 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
12/12 – Toronto, ON @ ModClub
12/13 – Toronto, CA @ ModClub
12/14 – Toronto, CA @ ModClub
12/15 – Toronto, CA @ ModClub
12/16 – Toronto, CA @ ModClub

$ w/ Jay Som, ALASKALASKA
# w/ Nap Eyes

2018 UK DATES
16th February – Trinity, Bristol
18th February – O2 ABC, Glasgow
19th February – Academy 2, Manchester
21st February – The Church, Leeds
22nd February – Academy 2, Leicester
23rd February – Roundhouse, London

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