CENSORING MUSIC FESTIVALS? EFF OFF
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.