The promoter of a UK metal festival is begging for forgiveness today after he made sickening comments about murdered music fan Sophie Lancaster.
John Owen McTeggart became involved in a thread about Sophie on Facebook, who was killed aged 20 in 2007 because of the clothes she wore, and made comments that are so sickening that we refuse to repeat them on this site.
Several bands that were set to appear at his Napalm Fest event at Manchester’s Star And Garter club on September 12th were also outraged and promptly pulled out. Wolfbastard, Pist, Atragon, Live Burial, Winterfire, Ascalon and Reaper are just some of the bands who have withdrawn an promised never to work with McTeggart again.
Wolfbastard said: “We will not be playing Napalm Fest on September 12 due to the recent happenings which we do not support and are fucking out of order. We will have no dealings with Napalm Promotions in future.”
McTeggart quickly deleted the Facebook comments and has now cancelled the event.
His partner at Napalm Promotions – who wishes to remain anonymous – said: “John is currently in the process of writing an apology he hopes to make to the Lancaster family, who we believe the comments have unfortunately reached.
“As expected, Napalm Promotions won’t be continuing after what has happened, but we’re currently looking to resolve all outstanding shows before we stop all together. We’re in the process of handing shows over to new promoters and making sure bands and fans don’t miss out because of what has happened.”
Manchester Metal Collective have announced a replacement show on the same date and venue, with many of the same acts agreeing to appear. The event will be called ‘An All-dayer For Sophie’ and all proceeds will go to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
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