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No venue for metal band's gig

Ticket-holders for Cradle of Filth show will get refunds. -TNP
Tan Kee Yun

Sun, Apr 28, 2013
The New Paper

SINGAPORE - They were set to play on Friday in Singapore for the first time. But three days before UK extreme metal band Cradle of Filth's ticketed gig at Powerhouse at St James Power Station, the owners of the venue decided to pull out, leaving fans in the lurch and the organiser scrambling for an alternative stage.

Tickets were priced at $100, with an early bird rate of $80 and $120 at the door.

Mr Dennis Foo, chief executive of St James Holdings, told The New Paper on Thursday that he was alerted to the band's background by one of his "associates".

He said: "We decided not to allow the concert (to be held at) our venue after we were sounded out, and after we checked their website. Their content (contains) heavy (anti-religious) elements and vulgarities.

"St James, as a responsible operator, cannot allow these types of performances on our premises, especially when our entertainment licences are at stake."

"We will return the deposit to the organiser," added Mr Foo.

Based in Suffolk, England, the Grammy-nominated band are known for their unique hybrid of black and symphonic metal, with songs containing gothic, medieval-themed lyrics.

St James Holdings holds the Public Entertainment Establishment Licence handed out by the Singapore Police Force for the concert.

In one of the clauses, it is stated that "the licensee shall ensure that performers do not make any vulgar gestures, actions or remarks or sing any vulgar, obscene or banned songs during their performance".

According to the local concert organiser Inokii's official Facebook page, the band will be hosting a meet-and-greet session at TAB club in Orchard Hotel on Friday.

Inokii had approached Thomson Community Club and a warehouse at Jalan Kilang as potential venues, but both fell through.

While the band will not be able to perform on stage, they will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans.

Ticket-holders have a choice between getting a full refund and a partial refund. The partial refund will entitle them to attend the meet-and-greet session.

Latest updates and developments are available on www.facebook.com/inokiiSG.

Inokii declined to be interviewed by TNP, but wrote on its Facebook page that "the tour manager and band have been so co-operative and understanding in this whole situation".

Formed in 1991, Cradle Of Filth arrived in Singapore on Thursday.

The band consists of frontman Dani Filth, 39, lead guitarist Paul Allender, 42, guitarist James McIlroy, 35, drummer Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka, 32, bassist Daniel Firth, 27, and keyboardist and backing vocalist Lindsay Schoolcraft, in her mid-20s.

During Filth's early days, the band stirred controversy with their anti-religious attire and merchandise.

But over the last decade, they have moved away from that.

Their hit albums, such as Damnation And A Day (2003) and Nymphetamine (2004) were inspired by gothic literature and visuals instead.

Controversial

In an e-mail interview with TNP earlier this month, frontman Filth addressed Cradle Of Filth's bygone controversial image.

"Well, a certain T-shirt might have given a few people that impression in the past, but that was more akin to an act of adversity more than anything," he said.

The band is banned from playing in mainland China­ They were originally slated to perform at MAO Live House in Shanghai on April 30, but the show was cancelled.

Cradle of Filth will instead play at Hong Kong's Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre on April 30.

From late Wednesday, when organisers alerted fans via Facebook to venue problems,, local fans of the band have been throwing their support behind their idols, as evident by the posts on Inokii's Facebook page.

"The band is here, give them their equipment and rock out somewhere," wrote Facebook user Damian Jurs.

Another user praised Inokii for having "guts of metal".


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