Sleaford Mods have spoken out to condemn the alleged sexual assault of a female fan at a recent show.
The Nottingham punk duo were performing at The O2 Academy in Bristol on Saturday April 6 in support of their acclaimed 2019 album ‘Eton Alive‘ when the incident took place. They soon took to social media to declare that such behaviour would not be tolerated at their shows.
“We’ve had a report of a female fan being groped in the crowd last night,” the band wrote on Twitter. “Touching anyone without their consent is not acceptable no matter how you dress it up.
“If you think groping women is acceptable don’t bother buying a ticket. We don’t want your money and you’re not welcome.”
We’ve had a report of a female fan being groped in the crowd last night. Touching anyone without their consent is not acceptable no matter how you dress it up. If you think groping women is acceptable don’t bother buying a ticket, we don’t want your money & you’re not welcome.
— Sleaford Mods (@sleafordmods) April 7, 2019
Recent years have seen staggering figures released around sexual assault at music events in the UK. Last year, a study found that 70 per cent of women are concerned about sexual assault at music festivals, and 69 per cent of women are concerned about sexual harassment.
“These figures are shocking but not surprising as this is just more evidence that women fear for their safety at live music festivals,” said Mel Kelly of Safe Gigs for Women in a statement. “This fits anecdotally with what we hear every day. Hopefully organisers hear this and respond appropriately.”
The organisation added: “Consent is essential, whether it be between a man and a women, same sex people, non binary, trans or gender fluid. Groping someone of the same sex is just as awful as if it was someone of the opposite sex.”
While their feud with IDLES continues, Sleaford Mods’ UK tour continues this week and well into festival season. Their tour culminates with their biggest headline show to date at London’s Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on Friday November 15.