Venue cancels Buju Banton gig after protests
A Brighton music venue has caved into pressure from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community, Brighton and Hove City Council and Police by cancelling a performance tomorrow by singer Buju Banton, who is known for his homophobic lyrics.
In a statement, Concorde 2 said: “We sincerely apologise to ticket holders for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are concerned that we will have our licence revoked and that our premises could be closed down.”
Last month, gay Green Party councillor Simon Williams held a meeting with the management of the venue in regards to his performance.
Following the meeting, Mr Williams said: “Despite strong disagreements between gay community activists, the venue and Mr Banton’s promoters on the importance of the singer renouncing his homophobic lyrics, we’ve persuaded them to issue a joint statement condemning hate crime and we await this statement.”
The artist has so far refused to apologise personally for his notorious 1990s hit ‘Boom Bye Bye’ which appears to incite the burning, shooting in the head of gay people and pouring acid over their faces.