Watain were supposed to perform at the EBX Live Space in Singapore tonight (March 7), but the show ended up getting cancelled on religious grounds. The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) originally approved the concert, but they changed their minds after hearing from the Home Affairs Ministry (MHA). This news comes after over 17,000 people signed a petition to get Watain and Soilwork banned from the country.
IMDA issued the following statement:
“MHA has expressed serious concerns about the concert, given the band’s history of denigrating religions and promoting violence, which has potential to cause enmity and disrupt Singapore’s social harmony.”
The band have since commented as well:
“In the light of yesterdays events in Singapore we would like to send a proud hail to our fans and followers from Singapore, Indonesia, Sarawak, Burma, Laos, Philippines and Malaysia who had traveled to see yesterdays performance but were robbed of their experience in the last minute by Singapore’s tragic excuse for a government.
It was an honor to meet you all yesterday and to sense the fire in your eyes and in your spirits. We look forward to the day we can perform for you without the interference from lesser men.
To the honorless rats behind the ban, rest assured that you in your cowardly act have only stirred the cauldrons of your own misfortune. If these men and women didn’t already feel mistrust and contempt towards ‘authorities’, they sure do now. The flames of discontent have once again been kindled, may they scorch your heavens…”
It’s worth noting that Soilwork were supposed to perform at the same venue on March 12, but the show has now been rescheduled for October 29.