Taake respond to NYC show cancellation: “once and for all, Taake is not a racist band”
Yesterday, NYC venue Le Poisson Rouge cancelled their upcoming Taake show after pressure from Antifa due to a past incident of core member Hoest wearing a swastika on stage in Germany. The venue gave a statement that read, "It is our mission to create a safe space for everyone in our community and this show does not meet that standard." The band has now responded to the cancellation:
Following the cancellation of the New York show by the venue, Hoest has issued the following statement:
"I have clearly explained many times throughout the years that me wearing a swastika once at a German concert was not at all meant to show support for the nazi ideology.
It was all about doing something extreme for the sake of it, which certainly backfired.
But it has now been 11 years and the band has even performed in Israel (!)
Anyway, similar incidents have not happened in Taake’s 25 year long career and will obviously not happen again. But certain parties seem to find this cold case unforgivable nevertheless, insisting on wilful misunderstanding.
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
Other venues have faced pressure from Antifa groups too, and Chicago venue Bottom Lounge said they are "currently working to remove the show." Stay tuned for further updates.