KRS-ONE concert moved from Viaduct venue
Fri, 20 Apr 2012 4:50p.m.
By 3 News online staff
Rapper KRS-ONE has been forced to move his concert from Auckland’s Cloud venue at the Viaduct, allegedly after concerns over the mix of rap and alcohol.
A liquor licence for the venue was denied, forcing the concert to move to Studio on Karangahape Road.
The Auckland City Council claims promoters were too slow in their application for a liquor licence at the venue - a claim KRS-ONE concert promoter Zen Ginnen calls “completely a lie”.
Mr Ginnen claims there is another reason behind the venue shift. He says he was told by police that rap tends to attract a “certain group within society which causes problems for the community”.
He says it is unfair for police to link rap with bad behaviour, especially considering KRS-ONE is known for his anti-violence stance and is a founder of the Stop the Violence Movement in the hip-hop community.
The new, smaller venue on Karangahape Road holds half the crowd expected for the show at the Cloud. Mr Ginnen says he must now refund all under-18 tickets as well, as the new venue is age restricted.
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23/04/2012 11:53:27 a.m.
Wendy Hunt wrote:
I was tere at the Wellington Town Hall on Friday night with my 17 year old son.KRS ONE was astonishingly good,we met him backstage too and his message is whole-heartedly of spiritual awakening and raising consciousness.Remember LADY he said-Love and Develop Yourself.It is peace and respect for women.I am appalled at the hypocrisy of the authorities who forced the change of venue in Auckland,denying U-18 entry to so many young people who could have benefitted so much form hearing this loving message from a role model they admire.Rugby and alcohol is OK but Peace Rap and alcohol is not ? !
22/04/2012 1:29:37 a.m.
@Tom Atkinson - racially discriminate are you serious???? more than half the country is brown dumbass this isn't America!!!! Also why would anyone pay for tickets when they could stand at the end of the cloud/wharf and hear the same thing for free?? Hence why most concerts are conducted in closed venues like, Vector arena, Telstra, Waitakere stadium... all of which can cater to all age groups.... Definately shows it is the promoter who screwed it and not the police or the council...
21/04/2012 9:52:31 a.m.
that's so lame
20/04/2012 6:11:53 p.m.
Tom Atkinson wrote:
Sheesh. Again it shows the way the NZ police use drugs laws (in this case liquor licensing) to racially discriminate. Also, the sound control laws need to be changed as I heard The Specials got shut down at 11pm by sound control? Badness.
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