Uada’s November 11 show at the Plaque in Leipzig, Germany was cancelled following alleged Nazi affiliations. The accusations stem from Uada’s association with Messe Des Morts, a 2016 Montreal festival that was shut down due to antifa protests against two bands, Graveland and Forteresse, both of which have National Socialist ties.
Plaque defended their decision saying the band “have not distanced themselves in retrospect, but on the contrary complained about the prevention of the concert by Canadian anti-fascists.” The venue went on to say “such ‘gray zone’ connections are a no-go”
It is assumed they were referencing a statement made by Uada after the festival was cancelled in which they said they are “a band with zero political, religious or cultural bias in our viewpoints or our art” and that “the actions of the antifa were far more hateful than any words or actions we experienced at Messe des Morts.”
After the cancellation of the German show, Uada issued the following statement:
“There is never a shortness of absurdity in this world… Today we have found news that UT Connewitz (post via Plaque) has decided to cancel our show in Leipzig with Gaahls WYRD, Tribulation (Official) & IDLE HANDS – PDX with the false accusation of UADA being a Nazi affiliated band. Apparently this is not the first time that they have prevented us from playing in this city, but we hope it will be their last.
It is painfully obvious that they have never met us personally nor has any real clue to who we are or what we represent. The accusations they have thrown out are 100% completely false and we advise any serious bands, musicians, artists, agents, bookers & promoters ect… to stay away from any organization that would wrongfully and publically brand a band such as they have done here.
The show will be moved to another city & we hope those in Leipzig that were looking forward to seeing UADA, as well as the rest of this amazing line-up, will find us on better soil.
In closing we will say it’s quite ballsy & ironic for a German organization/venue to call this band (who hosts one of Jewish decent) Nazis. Maybe it is time they did their homework and took a long hard look in the mirror.”
The band have since faced “more booking complications” as well:
“We have recieved word that there has been more booking complications due to false allegations. False allegations including UADA being a “right leaning/nazi affiliated band.”
The four of us would like to officially make a statement here and now to kill all suspicions, doubts and rumors…
We are not a political band and we absolutely do not support any sort of racism, oppression or fascism. We are not interested in political agendas within our music because our art means more to us than spreading such bigoted idiocy.
So to anyone assuming we are something we are not… It is very easy to write us directly or come out to one of our concerts to meet us. We would highly appreciate people making an effort in communication before making an assumption such as this. We take a lot of pride in truth and will always speak it, on a personal level as well as through our art. No games, no facade, no bullshit.”
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