Mor­ris­sey poses his om­ni­vore fans a dilemma

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Ev­ery week in The Ticket, we ask a mu­si­cian about what’s on their rider. The rider is that fa­bled doc­u­ment list­ing the de­mands and ex­tras the act wishes to have for his or her gig.

Most are not very ex­trav­a­gant, just seek­ing beers and sand­wiches or, oc­ca­sion­ally, clean socks and post­cards. Some, like Katy Perry, com­pile out­landish multi-page rid­ers which end up on web­sites such as the Smok­ing Gun.

Then, there’s Mor­ris­sey. This week, we learned just how far some pro­mot­ers are pre­pared to go to book the singer.

On Au­gust 4th, Moz plays the Lok­erse Feesten fes­ti­val in Bel­gium, which will be for­go­ing sales of such del­i­ca­cies as horse sausages and snails for the day.

In or­der to make sure the veg­e­tar­ian per­former feels com­fort­able, the fes­ti­val food stalls will in­stead be switch­ing to “an ar­ray of healthy veg­e­tar­ian dishes”.

It’s not a once-off, with Mor­ris­sey usu­ally seek­ing a guar­an­tee that no meat prod­ucts are cooked or sold at the venue on the day of his gigs. Ac­cord­ing to one Scot­tish pro­moter who works with the singer, this also means “no staff can con­sume meat on the day of his pe­for­mance”.

While it’s one thing for an artist to in­sist on veg­e­tar­ian cater­ing for them­selves, it does seem rather ex­treme to de­mand that those work­ing at and at­tend­ing the show must also ad­here to their food pref­er­ences. Af­ter all, many veg­e­tar­i­ans would be quite rightly up in arms if meat-eaters de­manded meat-only cater­ing.

But it’s Mor­ris­sey and it seems that pro­mot­ers are pre­pared to put up with such food fas­cism. Let’s hope for all con­cerned that the gigs are a sell-out. At least, the singer won’t be able to blame a flop gig on the dis­trac­tion caused by the whiff of a greasy burger.

Meat-free Moz

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