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No one likes a potty mouth, but news last week that a coun­cil has banned mu­si­cians from swear­ing on stage at a fes­ti­val felt pearl-clutch­ingly heavy-handed. Cam­paign­ers liv­ing near North Lon­don’s Fins­bury Park – where Wire­less is held each sum­mer – heard they’d won their fight to ban swear­ing in per­for­mances, as well as ‘vul­gar’ or ‘ob­scene’ lyrics and skimpy cloth­ing. But ev­ery­one knows hip-hop, rap and rock are par­tial to a bit of pro­fan­ity, so this will in­evitably mean artists hav­ing to al­ter their songs. It’s a slip­pery slope if we let cen­sor­ship creep into mu­sic. Have we re­ally be­come so prud­ish that even fes­ti­vals have to be PC? That’s not very rock ’n’ roll.

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