anyone who thinks that bands will be affected by what happened - please explain your self, cos i dont see how and why it should
ok. it's very simple. some bands don't want to be associated with the KKK. it's that simple, and they don't want to play in a venue that seems to openly support the KKK.
NOW, I am not saying that the cruiscin does that, I know there are no KKK flags adorning the bar, Klan rallies are a rarity. I know Kieran, he's a nice chap. I have been to loads of gigs there, and organised loads of gigs there. Never had a problem.
But if your only impression of the Cruiscin is gleaned from hearing that KKK outfits are all the rage, then you will have a different idea. Not a balanced idea. But that's the only information you have. If, say, you're from Germany, and have been booked to play at a festival there, and you hear that some guy did a KKK dance at a show and everyone thought it was great fun, including the venue owner, I can see how you'd be a bit cautious. If I was playing a show in Germany and heard that the venue was known for its racist clientele i'd think hard about pulling the show. Certainly I would get on to the organisers of the show and ask what the story is, and make it clear that I won't be associated with what went on.
This is what has happened. It's not hypothetical, I'm not getting on my moral high horse. I have booked flights for a band who are now threatening to cancel their appearance, leaving me 1200 quid in the hole.
So all those people who think either A) "it's all a hilarious joke, what the fuck is the problem you sad cunts"; or B) "well i wouldn't do it myself, but you're all a bunch of PC wankers who need to get a life"; or C) "I don't see why this should affect bands at all" need to wake the fuck up and realise that
A) It DOES affect bands, whether you think they're PC wankers or not, and that affects promoters, and that affects YOU, through less shows: we lost money last year at Winterfest, through our own efforts, if we lose again there won't be a Winterfest 2010.
B) you don't have to be a PC wanker to reject racism. I have no time for PC culture, it has stymied debate on many topics in this country, and is the frequent retreat of last resort of people who can't bear uncomfortable truths. However I also have no time for racism, and a KKK outfit is racist by definition. EVEN if it's a joke, it's still racist.
C) the actions of any one of us can have consequences far beyond what we originally intended. If that sounds corny, too bad. It would be a bit over the top to say "the world is watching", but people notice what goes on. If you don't think so, consider this: Winterfest started off with all irish bands. after three years we had Amon Amarth. We dlidn't get them by asking nicely, we got them by establishing a reputation over time and getting constant good feedback from bands / labels / agencies. Our actions were noticed. The same people also notice bad publicity. Even when it's "only" a local show (no disrespect to AI, Putrefy, etc) and a thread on Metalireland. The evidence is in my inbox. People do notice things and they react.
We may yet have to insist on a "no KKK or Nazi outfits" rule at Winterfest. Retarded? Yes. Been a problem before? No. But if that's what it takes to keep bands coming here then that's what we're looking at. It's not about whether the Cruiscin is actually a hotbed of redneck nazi scum. it's about reputation.
So if you still think that this is all a bunch of pansies taking things out of context and making a big deal out of a joke, then I hope I have cleared that up for you.