Club bans act after shooting at venue

PUBLISHED: 19:27 08 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH nightclub has scrapped a planned appearance by garage act So Solid Crew after the chart toppers' UK tour was cancelled amid fears concerts would be marred by violence.

By Jo Macdonald

AN IPSWICH nightclub has scrapped a planned appearance by garage act So Solid Crew after the chart toppers' UK tour was cancelled amid fears concerts would be marred by violence.

The group were pencilled in to perform live at Liquid Nightclub, in Cardinal Park, as part of a one-off garage dance party on Boxing Day.

However, the club's management requested the promoter not to feature So Solid Crew on its entertainment line-up for the night.

The move follows the shelving of the band's 11-date tour after venues, including Cambridge Corn Exchange, cancelled concerts due to fears about safety and violence.

Five venues pulled the plug on So Solid Crew and Oxide & Neutrino appearances leading SJM Concerts to call an end to the entire tour.

The move stemmed from the group's performance at the Astoria, in London, last month, when two men were left with gun shot wounds, and other publicised events relating to the band.

Venues across the country, Liquid in Ipswich included, were concerned their concerts would attract the wrong crowds.

Mike Kill, manager of Liquid, said: "We are famous among our customers for our safe environment and friendly atmosphere.

"We cannot permit events organised by third parties to present any other image."

Although So Solid Crew will no longer be appearing at Liquid, the December 26 event, organised by Garage Heaven, is still going ahead.

DJ Luck & MC Neat will replace So Solid Crew as headliners with support from The Wideboys, Scott 'Angry' Anderson and Ipswich DJ Gavin Claxton.

Luck and Neat are equally successful in the garage scene with a number of chart hits to their name, including A Little Bit of Luck. And The Wideboys recently stormed the charts with their hit, Sambuca.

Gary Smith, of Garage Heaven, said: "This is the first time we have ever had to let the public down by not producing the acts that have been advertised and for that we are extremely sorry, but this unfortunate cancellation was completely out of our control.

"DJ Luck & MC Neat and The Wideboys have truly saved the day for us and together with Scott Anderson we look forward to an equally superb garage event being held at Liquid, Ipswich, the home of Suffolk UK Garage."

So Solid Crew have tried to distance themselves from the violence at their Astoria concert but fear they may now struggle to play live anywhere in the UK.

On their website it said: "So Solid Crew and Oxide & Neutrino are shocked at the draconian measures that are being employed to stop them appearing live.

"They have successfully appeared at many events throughout the UK without any incidents at all, making this ruling even more bizarre and unfair.

"They do not condone or encourage violence in any way, and have made this clear in their condemnation of the recent incident at the Astoria."

So Solid Crew hit the number one spot with their track, 21 Seconds, and recently won two MOBO awards. A total of 30 members make up So Solid Crew.

n Tickets for the Boxing Day event at Liquid are on sale at the nightclub, priced £8. Entry on the door will be £10.


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