Homophobic punk band dropped from Southampton festival

Warning: some of the language used in this feature is sensitive and covers sexuality discrimination.

ROYAL Tunbridge Wells band Anti-Nowhere League (ANL) have been pulled from Southampton’s Punk Festival line-up this weekend, due to homophobic messages in their music.

Southampton Punk Festival will take place at Engine Rooms this Saturday
Southampton Punk Festival will take place at Engine Rooms this Saturday

 

Fans spoke up on the event’s social media, calling for the band to be taken off the bill. Users commented: “Homophobia and transphobia is not punk. Change the name and call it what it is. Plastic punk fash festival. Or get rid of ANL. We ain’t having it.” And “Anti-Nowhere League being on a punk show like this with the homophobic/transphobic views they have is totally unacceptable.”

Bands will play from 2pm-11pm, with tickets available from Seetickets
Bands will play from 2pm-11pm, with tickets available from Seetickets

The promoters of the event, MJR, removed the band from the promotional posters and running order without comment.

The concern is mostly sparked by Anti Nowhere-League’s song ‘The Day the World Turned Gay’, featuring lyrics such as: “now we’ve got puffs, queers, f**gots, dykes and lady boys and f**ckin transvestites!”

Almost a decade after the track’s release, a writer named ‘Rebel GRRRL’ published a thought piece on punx.uk, urging punk fans to stop supporting the band. They wrote: “If you are a band playing with Anti-Nowhere League, a venue or promoter putting them on, you are supporting homophobia / transphobia. Its 2015 not the 1950s, let’s retire these out of touch bigots and their horrible views to the trash of history where they belong.”

Many people within the community have claimed this discrimination goes against what punk is all about. Whilst it is known as a music genre, punk is also a movement in which many artists used their platform to promote their ethos.

 

Southampton music fans told us what they think punk is all about. Listen below:

By Devon place (@devon_place)