"Whilst none of us blame venues for cancelling because they are afraid of violence, we do deplore the excuses presented by some of them. The desire to 'protect' their audience and staff, to create 'safe spaces' is not a need brought about by the bands involved, nor their fans. It is the masked thugs hiding behind the banner of Antifa and other organisations like them' - Taake
Kansas City club The Riot Room has canceled black metal band Taake's show there, which was to have happened March 31. Talib Kweli recently canceled his show at the venue, due to its “[refusal] to apologize" for booking Taake -- a band who have been accused of Nazism due to frontman Hoest performing with a swastika painted on his chest in 2007. Other shows on the tour also seem like they're not happening as well.
”I find it appalling that the Riot Room refuses to apologize for booking this band. I wouldn’t feel safe bringing my team, family and fans into a venue that is sympathetic to white nationalism, so I’ve cancelled the show,” Talib said.
”So, once and for all, Taake is not a racist band. Never has been, never will be. Still claiming so is as ridiculous and unfounded as are the attempts at sabotaging our highly anticipated shows,” said Hoest.
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