Adelaide music venue The Gov has apologised after a staff member allegedly made a “dumb” sexist comment to members of Perth band Boat Show.
The alleged incident occurred on Saturday, when Boat Show performed at The Gov in support of Dear Seattle and Hockey Dad. According to the bands, an in-house sound technician asked Boat Show, “How’s the glass ceiling going for you?”
Dear Seattle first told fans about the incident on Facebook, saying, “This is a public statement to say a MASSIVE FUCK YOU to the sound guy in Adelaide who thought it would be okay to say ‘How’s the glass ceiling going for you?’ to a female member of one of the supports tonight, leaving her in tears upon being told what it meant.
“You’re a fucking piece of shit and you’re what’s wrong with this industry. You better believe we’ll be getting a new sound guy for the second show tomorrow night. So not on. Fuck you.”
Boat Show later shared Dear Seattle’s post, as fans continued to call out The Gov. Then, on Sunday night, Melissa and Jo Tonkin — whose family have owned The Gov for the last 25 years — commented on Boat Show’s post with an apology.
“We unreservedly apologise for the dumb comment made by our sound technician Mike on Saturday night, towards a female artist,” they said.
“There’s no excuse for comments like these in the workplace, or anywhere.
“The Gov has been a long-time supporter of musicians, male, female and otherwise. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive venue. Perhaps that is what is most disappointing.
“Once again, The Gov is deeply sorry, and hope to welcome back Dear Seattle, Boat Show, and Hockey Dad again in the future.”
Hockey Dad’s current national tour with Boat Show and Dear Seattle continues in Melbourne on Friday, 9th March, before heading to Sydney and Brisbane.
Read Boat Show and Dear Seattle’s statements, below.