August 12, 2011 by alunparry
Anti Riot Rally Concert?? Not me!
I was shocked and surprised to see press releases and facebook event pages saying that I am playing an “anti riot rally” concert on Friday night!
I want to make it clear that I am absolutely not.
I have not even been asked to play this event so am puzzled how I ended up on the bill without my consent.
Moreover, if I had have been asked to play, I would have declined.
I know and like the people who are organising this event but, personalities aside, I think this concert is politically simplistic and serves no useful purpose.
I’m more concerned at the underlying social issues that led to the events of this week and I think there are far more complex factors at work.
The riots may have stopped for now. The inequality, greed and alienation at the heart of our society goes on unchallenged.
So to clarify – I don’t support this concert and I am NOT playing it.
Once I find out how I ended up on the bill, I’ll let you know.
I’ve been told it’s a communication problem that led me to being on the bill. It strikes me that the problem might be that the main guy who runs Liverpool Acoustic isn’t directly involved with this.
I’ve asked the person who is running this “rally” directly why I ended up on the bill, so will let you know when I get an answer.
However, some of my followers are curious as to why I’m listed as Attending on its Facebook event page. After all, that makes me look like I’m supporting this event too doesn’t it?
Well I can explain that one, but I’m not happy about that either.
LA had organised a gig tonight as part of its normal schedule and I was going to that. That was pulled earlier in the week.
It would appear that Liverpool Acoustic’s organisers have simply altered the details from that gig and left any attendees in place.
This is a real breach of trust. I click to say I’m Attending a straightforward night of music and the next thing I’m listed without my consent as attending an anti riot rally being staged in a top floor art gallery.
This is a new event. A new event should have been set up and circulated, rather than invite me on one pretext, and then change every detail so it looks like I’m attending and supporting something entirely different.
I want to close by saying that Liverpool Acoustic have done wonderful things and are an invaluable part of Liverpool’s music scene and have helped countless acoustic musicians and promoters, and will continue to do so in the future. I really respect them and the work that they do and have a longstanding friendship with them.
Yet I do think they have made a huge error of judgement in putting their name to this event.
I also think the individual event organiser (who is NOT the same person who organised the original gig by the way) is out of order in taking that event and merely changing its details, and that Liverpool Acoustic need to delete that event page completely.
UPDATE (Fri PM):
While still unclear how I ended up on the bill for this, I’ve received an apology from the folks at LA and they assure me that they’ve learned lessons as well as going out of their way to put the record straight.
As I said before, the folks at Liverpool Acoustic do great work on the local acoustic scene, I respect the work they do, and consider them friends. That remains the case.
I still think this gig is ill advised, but given that I’ve made you all aware of the facts, and given that the gang at LA have done their best to make amends, I consider it the end of the matter.