The London Hip-Hop festival Wireless has been hit with a whole host of conditions to abide by if it wants to stay at its Finsbury Park home in North London. The conditions include the banning of performers swearing and wearing “offensive attire”.
After a host of complaints from the non-profit community organisation the Friends of Finsbury Park Haringey council has had to impose some slightly regressive conditions on event organisers Live Nation and the 2019 event.
Some conditions include “request that performers do not sing or play any vulgar, obscene or banned songs or carry out indecent acts or make any vulgar gestures, actions or remarks during the performance.” Performers are also asked “not to offend the general public” and to avoid wearing “attire which exposes the groin, private parts, buttock or female breast(s).” New sound level limits and an earlier end time will also be imposed.
With this being the UK’s most obviously Hip-Hop based festival, that continues to grow and attract international superstars to its stage, it feels like a somewhat targeted assault on the culture. Perhaps Wireless should look south of the river to find a better, more accommodating home.