The Guardian reports that the Australian promoters have cancelled the upcoming tour of Norwegian black metal group, TAAKE. This controversial band has been accused for a long time of anti-Islamic lyrics and admiration for N*zi ideologies. The four dates in February as part of “Southern Funeral” with American AKHLYS were to be their shows Down Under.
This Thursday (January 5), Southern Extremeties, a tour promoter, sadly announced that the run was cancelled due to circumstances outside of their control.
“Apologies to ticket holders/people keen to see these 2 acts, you’ll receive an update and full refund from your ticketing company,” they added.
Before Southern Extremeties had to cut their tour short, two venues pulled out – University Of Sydney’s Manning Bar due to student pressure and Adelaide’s Enigma Bar. Despite the cancellations, the band was still looking forward to bringing their unique sound on a road trip across Australia before they were forced to scrap the entire journey.
After a public outcry over the 2007 incident in which frontman Hoest sported a swastika on his chest during a show, TAAKE had to call off their U.S tour five years ago.