Now the rap collective have been kicked off the bill for Trinity College Dublin's May Ball...
So Solid Crew have been kicked off the bill of the May Ball at Trinity College Dublin after pressure from the college’s authorities.
The act had been due to perform on May 10 at Trinity. As NME.COM revealed two weeks ago, venues in Dublin and Belfast were prepared to put on shows by the garage collective, even though promoters in the UK refused.
Now, Trinity has followed suit. Siobhan O’Dwyer, the Ents officer at Trinity Students’ Union, told NME.COM that it was the hierarchy of the university who insisted the plug was pulled on the show. She said negative publicity around the trial and jailing of member Asher D had led to “a feeling” that it wasn’t right to go ahead with the show. She added that the police were not involved – unlike in England where a number of regional police forces blamed public safety issues for their insistence that the shows didn’t happen.
A new venue in Dublin, the Red Box, has stepped into the breach and they will now put on the gig on the same date.
The move to bar So Solid Crew from performing at the college will not effect their show the evening before (May 9) at Queen’s University in Belfast.
Rod Martin, the Ents officer at Queen’s told NME.COM that everything was still going ahead as planned. The police in Northern Ireland told NME.COM recently that there were “more important” things to worry about than a “rap show”.