The organizers of SLIPKNOT concert’s in Glasgow have been blasted for a “ridiculous” ban on certain items of clothing and accessories.
Among the articles that were not allowed inside the SSE Hydro arena for the band’s yesterday’s show (January 18) were spiked items of clothing, large belt buckles, large chain wallets, laser pointers, fireworks, candles and whistles, BBC reports.
Donald MacLeod, a Glasgow promoter and owner of the Garage and Cathouse rock clubs, told the BBC that the ban is “a joke.”
“We’ve never had issues like this on dress,” MacLeod said. “It’s incredible. I must admit I burst out laughing and thought this was a joke.
“What I’ve found running the Cathouse — which is an iconic institution — is we’ve had all manners of dress codes, be it emo, goth, heavy metallers and hip hop,” he continued. “They all have a brand and an identity — nose rings or tattoos – and it’s probably the safest and friendliest club that I’ve had.
“Yes, there have been incidents, but people police themselves and they look after each other. We have put on many shows in the SEC of a similar calibre such as NINE INCH NAILS and nobody was flung out and there were no problems.
“There were more problems at ‘Still Game’ [long-running Scottish sitcom] and there were no high heeled buckled boots there. You get more fighting at a darts match, MacLeod added. “I can’t see how telling people not to wear big boots is going to prevent fires; it’s ridiculous.”
A spokesperson for the SSE Hydro had this to say: “We want everyone attending an event here to have an enjoyable experience.
“However, there are restrictions on what is allowed into the SSE Hydro and these can vary — this is related to the safety of everyone attending events here and to the security of the venue.”
SLIPKNOT released their sixth studio album, We Are Not Your Kind, on August 9 via Roadrunner Records. Album was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed SLIPKNOT‘s 2004 album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and helmed 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter.