Grenfell Tower fundraiser axed over bashment music race row

A fundraiser for Grenfell Tower victims has been postponed after the venue objected to bashment music being played, claiming it would attract a “poor quality demographic”.

Trapeze Bar in Shoreditch was due to host the night on June 29 with the aim of raising £1,000 for those affected by the disaster.

But organisers Haqiqi Events say they had no choice but to cancel the event when the bar’s general manager objected to “crap” trap and bashment music being played.

His email stated: “I am disappointed that I see your artwork and flyers have described that your music genres include Bashment and Trap music.


Trapeze: No bashment allowed

“Both of which were not described when we requested information about the event.

“These types of music are crap and we do not entertain them as they attract poor quality demographic and result in problems.”

I regret to inform you that #CXLTURE has been postponed. We are not associating with a business like this. Please retweet. #Racism

— Haqiqi Events (@HaqiqiEvents) June 24, 2017

In a tweet to followers, shared online by urban stars including grime artist Stormzy and Lethal Bizzle, Haqiqi said the night was being postponed and later hit out at the venue for “passive racism”.

Bashment is a genre of music which derives from dancehall and ragga.

The uptempo, hard style, originated in Jamaica during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The genre, which often features MCs using Jamaican patois, exploded in London clubs during the 2000s.

Popular artists include Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and Mavado.

They wrote: “We are not associating with a business like this.”

In a statement, Haqiqi Events founder Taireen Hussain called for the venue to make a donation to the Grenfell Tower victims.

She wrote: “We had the aim to have a night that throws down the stereotypes, crushes division and demolishes the bad name we so frequently hear for RNB, Hip Hop and Trap nights.

“We were bitterly disappointed.”

In a statement, Trapeze apologised for the row and vowed to help the promoters re-arrange the night for a new date.

They wrote: “The owners of Trapeze apologise for the recent actions and opinions expressed by the Trapeze General Manager.

“Trapeze are committed to a policy of welcoming all Guests into the venue and does not discriminate in the terms of race, age, colour, sex or national origin.

“The management team of Miroma Leisure, owners of Trapeze are undertaking a full investigation of the matter and will take ‘affirmative action’ following the outcome.

“We have spoken with the promoters and offered them another date of their choice and offered to ‘double’ the money raised on the night for Grenfell as a gesture of goodwill.”

Bashment, a music genre with its roots in dancehall, has previously led to rows in other parts of the capital.

Last year, Croydon council launched an investigation after a town centre bar banned the music, branding it “unacceptable”.

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