Napalm Death gig at V&A Museum cancelled amid fears building may collapse

Metal band's live set pulled by health and safety officers

Napalm Death‘s forthcoming appearance at the V&A Museum in London has been cancelled after fears the building may be damaged by the metal band’s performance.

The band were due to play at the museum on Friday (March 22) to showcase their work with ceramic artist Keith Harrison, who has designed a custom built ceramic sound system which would disintegrate throughout the performance. The Bustleholm event was cancelled when a safety check established that the gallery itself may collapse if the band were to perform live in the building.

Speaking prior to the performance, Napalm Death frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway, had said: “Sound as a weapon – or a weapon of change – is a very interesting concept and I think that the whole process of our sound gradually degrading clay sculptures is captivating.”


A spokesperson for the museum told Sky News: “This was due to take place in the Europe Galleries, which are currently being refurbished, and a further safety inspection has revealed concerns that the high level of decibels generated by the concert would damage the historic fabric of the building…The V&A is committed to an exciting programme of exhibitions and events but the safety of our visitors and building remains our priority at all times.”

The V&A is currently home to the David Bowie exhibition Davie Bowie Is, which opens on Saturday (March 23) and runs until August.

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