It’s crazy to think that at some point, someone somewhere thought that it would be plausible for Napalm Death to perform at Britain’s iconic Victoria and Albert Museum, but it happens, however, that now they are taking it back. Top dogs at the museum have called off the show after fears emerged that the performance might literally bring the house down.
The concert was booked on the premise that there would be guaranteed distraction. The brutal-as-fuck band were to play in front of a ceramic sculpture, which was supposed to explode under the sheer force of the wall of noise, but organisers began to worry that the rest of the building would explode as well.
A statement on the cancellation was released, explaining that “It is with regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the one-off Napalm Death performance in collaboration with our ceramic artist-in-residence Keith Harrison. This was due to take place in the Europe Galleries, which are currently being refurbished, and a further safety inspection has revealed concerns that the high level of decibels generated by the concert would damage the historic fabric of the building.”
Despite expressing a desire to host more ‘exciting’ showcases, the museum has put safety first according to ABC News as the statement adds that “the safety of our visitors and building remains our priority at all times”.
Napalm Death frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway delved into the display prior to news that it was called off, explaining that the idea was to explore ‘sound as a weapon’. The band hasn’t been available for comment since.