Radical music: Ban on Watain concert sparks debate

Cancellation of Watain show raises issue of the place of ideologically problematic music here

Despite the cancellation, the band - including frontman Erik Danielsson (above) - turned up at the concert venue (top) at an industrial estate in Upper Paya Lebar, where they spent hours mingling with fans and signing autographs.
Despite the cancellation, the band - including frontman Erik Danielsson - turned up at the concert venue (above) at an industrial estate in Upper Paya Lebar, where they spent hours mingling with fans and signing autographs.PHOTOS: LIANHE ZAOBAO, FACEBOOK/WATAIN
Despite the cancellation, the band - including frontman Erik Danielsson (above) - turned up at the concert venue (top) at an industrial estate in Upper Paya Lebar, where they spent hours mingling with fans and signing autographs.
Despite the cancellation, the band - including frontman Erik Danielsson (above) - turned up at the concert venue at an industrial estate in Upper Paya Lebar, where they spent hours mingling with fans and signing autographs.PHOTOS: LIANHE ZAOBAO, FACEBOOK/WATAIN

The recent decision by the authorities to revoke the permit for a concert by Swedish band Watain, just hours before it was due to start on Thursday, has stirred debate on whether music backed by potentially problematic ideologies has a place in Singapore.

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) had initially given the show by the black metal band an R18 rating, with strict requirements that included the removal of songs which are religiously offensive.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 10, 2019, with the headline 'Radical music: Concert ban sparks debate'. Print Edition | Subscribe