No venue for Cradle of Filth's S'pore gig

28 April 2013 / 3 years 6 months ago

They were set to play tonight 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 yesterday 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, medievalthemed 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 today.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 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".

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