Palma Violets in police altercation following Liverpool gig

Band bear the brunt of the Merseyside law for late-night shenanigans

Palma Violets in police altercation following Liverpool gig

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Members of hotly-tipped London band Palma Violets were allegedly involved in a scuffle with police following their gig in Liverpool last night (July 26).

The band, who had played the Leaf venue along with fellow newcomers Savages earlier in the evening, were apparently picked up by the local constabulary after breaking into the George Irvin Helter Skelter slide in the city-centre shortly after midnight.

The slide, which was closed to members of the public at the time, was surrounded by fences to stop people getting in. However, after jumping the fence and climbing to the top of the 70-foot structure, the band apparently found themselves surrounded by police before being taken off for questioning.

They were later released, NME understands, though a spokesperson from the band's record label Rough Trade refused to comment on the matter, confirming only that the rest of their co-headline tour with Savages is going ahead as planned.

George Irvin's Helter Skelter was the centrepiece of the Queen's coronation party in Manchester in 1953 and was re-erected in Liverpool in 2010, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Both Palma Violets and Savages play Glasgow tonight. Their remaining tour dates are:

Glasgow Captains Rest (July 26)
Newcastle Cluny (27)
Leeds Cockpit (28) (Savages only)
Nottingham Bodega (30)
Oxford Jericho Tavern (31)
Bristol Thekla Upstairs (August 1)
Southampton Joiners (6)
Brighton Haunt (7)


Palma Violets also play a London gig on August 9, at the 223 CLUB (137 -139 Lower Marsh St), with Childhood and Famy supporting.

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