Insane Clown Posse have taken the unlikely step of cancelling a show after a venue in San Diego raised concerns about damage likely to be caused by the spraying of their soft drink of choice, Faygo.
The show had been due to take place on Thursday night (October 22).
The drink, which is a soft drink produced in Detroit, Michigan, is a part of the duo’s image, and features in several Insane Clown Posse Songs. It’s also become a tradition that the pair sprays their audience with the drink during shows, a move known as the ‘Faygo Shower’.
The band explained the decision with a press release (their fans, who often adopt the imagery of the band (see photos), are known as juggalos):
“Juggalos, tonight’s show at the North Park Observatory has been cancelled over concerns of venue damage due to all the Faygo throwing. Well, it aint an Insane Clown Posse show without Faygo so that means we’ve been left with no choice but to call off the show…as stale as f*ck as that is.”
The statement continues:
“To all those SoCal/San Diego ninjas who bought tickets for tonight’s show…WE’RE SORRY AS F*CK! You can get your tickets refunded at their point of purchase. To everyone who purchased a VIP package from Hatchet Gear, we’ll be issuing you a refund promptly. However, WE ARE STILL MAILING YOU YOUR LIMITED VIP COMMEMORATIVE TOUR AMULET! It’s not your fault–or ours–that the show was cancelled, so you’re still receiving your charm in the mail.”
“Again, Juggalos, we’re super f*cking sorry about this and hopefully we can perform for our San Diego Juggalos at some point in the future. MCL!”
Last year, a lawsuit protesting the categorization of Insane Clown Posse fans as a gang , bought in part by the band, was dismissed.
A 2011 FBI report labelled the Juggalos as a “loosely organised hybrid gang”, and some Juggalos say they have suffered as a result because they have tattoos and jewellery bearing the group’s iconography. The rappers stated that the report has led to their fans being persecuted by authorities, causing “significant harm”.