Taake NYC show cancelled after Antifa put pressure on LPR
Norwegian black metal vets Taake recently announced a North American tour to make up for their 2017 tour which was cancelled due to visa issues. The tour was to include a Saint Vitus-presented NYC show on March 24 at Le Poisson Rouge, but now that show has been cancelled for a different reason. New York City Antifa urged the venue to rethink hosting the show due to accusations of Nazism that have been directed at Taake in the past:
Taake is playing Le Poisson Rouge @lprnyc on March 24th in NYC. Please let the space know how you feel about such matters: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, (212) 505-3474 https://t.co/UgWxzgYOON
— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) February 9, 2018
LPR tweeted, “Please note that the Taake show scheduled for March 24th has been cancelled. We are providing full refunds to all ticket holders. Please email email@example.com with any questions you may have.” We reached out to LPR too, and the venue’s marketing director gave us a statement that reads: “It is our mission to create a safe space for everyone in our community and this show does not meet that standard.”
Antifa groups in other cities and other Twitter users have been urging their local venues to cancel their Taake shows as well:
— nebraska antifa (@antifa_ne) February 9, 2018
Looks like @thebottomlounge is struggling with the idea that bands who paint swastikas on themselves shouldn’t be given a stage, since they booked the famously racist band Taake on 3/30.
We suggest calling them at (312) 666-6775 to tell them that trash has no place in our city!
— South Side ARA (@Chicago_ARA) February 9, 2018
— B✪y Georgeoisie (@LastBusChurch) February 10, 2018
After the South Side Chicago Anti-Racist Action tweet directed at Bottom Lounge, the venue tweeted that they are now also working to remove the show:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It's not something we were previously aware of and are currently working to remove the show.
— Bottom Lounge (@thebottomlounge) February 9, 2018
This tweet was also posted by one of the co-founders of LA’s 1720 Warehouse:
ok ok – so this blackmetal band TAAKE – we booked them without knowing they had a pretty ummm poopy past with hate imagery – apparently it was done in the past and purely shock value for their show – they have apologized multiple times in interviews, etc.. what do i do?
— Travis Richter (@TravisRichter) February 10, 2018
No word yet on further cancellations, but stay tuned.