and we reflect on last week’s unfortunate incident in Nottingham
WHAT WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM NECK DEEP’S RECENT GIG CANCELLATION…
THERE ARE a variety of reasons we go to gigs: to achieve personal or collective catharsis, to feel part of a community – or simply to have a bloody good night out listening to your favourite music.
What none of us want, or expect, when we book tickets is to be faced with the kind of scenes witnessed at Neck Deep’s show at Nottingham’s Rock City on October 9, when there was a physical altercation between the band and the venue’s security over the latter’s alleged heavy-handed treatment of members of the audience. while the reported details of the event are disputed and conflicted, the result was the band leaving the stage after just two songs.
A statement issued by the band the following day said:“the events that transpired last night were regretful and deeply unfortunate.things rapidly escalated to a point that they should never have gotten to.we believe that violence is never a solution, and that everything that went down could and should have been handled better by all parties.”
We couldn’t agree more. Setting aside the confusing blur of phone footage, conflicting accounts, and the inevitable rush of think pieces that will spring forth, there’s one fundamental thing we should keep in mind: when we go to gigs, we’re entering into an unspoken contract between ourselves, the band we’re watching, and the venue’s security – and misconduct from one part of that equation can and will have detrimental repercussions on the others.
The job of venue security, first and foremost, is to protect fans, not violently reprimand them while they are enjoying a show in a manner seen up and down the country night in, night out.this they would no doubt wholeheartedly agree with, and the often unheralded work that goes in to keeping our shows a safe event is to be applauded.yet, still, a greater awareness or appreciation of the crowd culture, at any venue, would perhaps go some way towards ensuring the events seen last week and beyond are avoided.
In turn, in order to have an atmosphere of mutual respect, there are things fans need to remember, too. We live in a climate of heightened security, in which keeping people safe in public spaces is paramount, and therefore a job with intense pressures – so if there are certain rules in place, they’re there in the interest of safety for all.
Last, but by no means least, as Neck Deep acknowledge in their statement, if we’re going to continue to keep gigs as a “protected and positive environment”, then violence of any description can never be the answer to violence.thankfully, while instances like the one at Rock City are not isolated, they are still rare.yet we can make them even rarer, and hopefully nonexistent, by remembering everyone at gigs has their part to play in the safe enjoyment of the evening’s performance.
After all, the prevalent message of our musical world is one of unity, not division.
“We believe THAT VIOLENCE IS NEVER a SOLUTION…” NECK DEEP