Activists vow to stop a major Nazi hate gig in Edinburgh

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American Bound For Glory, one of the biggest bands on the Nazi music scene, is set to play in Edinburgh.

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14th January 2016 by Graham Martin 2 Comments

Anti-fascists are mobilising to stop an infamous fascist band perform a hate fuelled “white power” gig in Edinburgh.

American band Bound For Glory is one of the biggest groups on the world wide Nazi music scene.

It is expected the concert, if it goes ahead, will draw an army of fascist thugs from across Europe to Scotland’s capital.

The gig is not due until October, but £30 a head tickets are already on sale.

Anti-fascists are now trying to track down the place where it will be held

As is standard with Bound For Glory gigs, the venue is not advertised in advance in case the owners – who are often unaware of the nature of the concerts – cancel and because it will be targeted by protestors.

Instead, Nazi music fans are normally given redirection points – often nearby pubs – where they can meet on the night before going to the gig.

Campaign group Hope Not Hate says this will be the biggest white power concert ever held in Scotland if it goes ahead.

It is understood that London-based Vicky Pearson – a veteran of the Nazi Blood And Honour music movement – is behind the venture.

Minnesota-based Bound For Glory is one of the biggest draws on the scene.

Its songs – a mix of punk and thrash metal – glorify the Nazis with songs such as Behold The Iron Cross.

They were once signed to hardcore Nazi record label Panzerfaust Records.

Sanjay Lago, the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland black students’ officer, said: “Scotland, and the student movement, has a long history of rejecting the bigotry, hate, and violence that groups like this stand for. With the refugee crisis growing, and the ever present threat of hate-crime, it’s never been more important to challenge these fascist ideologies, rather than giving them a form of platform.

"NUS Scotland’s Black Students’ Campaign has consistently opposed acts like this, and focussed on education people on black issues, including highlighting why these events have potential to make people feel unwelcome in society and the arts sector. This is also an opportunity to address the lack of racial diversity we see in the arts, and giving a stage to acts like this does nothing to support new black artists. Rather than opening our doors to acts like these, we should be promoting a diverse range of talent.

“We need to be absolutely clear that these kind of disgusting messages are not welcome in Scotland, and I hope that we see people uniting in our rejection of this event. Scotland is a proudly diverse and welcoming country, and we stand proudly proudly in solidarity with all those campaigning to protect those principles and against groups like this.”

Comments

15th January 2016 by Isabelle Salter

I'd be interested to see if this band get the correct work permits when coming over to the UK. Surely preaching hate would stop any work permit being granted, and without that they would be rejected from access to the UK? That's a beautiful sense of irony as well. Being rejected for illegally entering a country.

16th January 2016 by Rich

Dear Sanjay Lago,Can real 'black' students be members of a Scotland 'Asian' students' committee? Please, DON'T hijack the identities of other ethnicities.