Former Misfits Singer Appearance Cancelled After Social Media Review

It’s not every day a performer gets tossed from the bill at a music festival. Especially when it relates to their social media posts.

A performance by former Misfits lead singer Michale Graves has been cancelled by the Up + Downtown Music Festival in Edmonton over views he expressed on social media.

The festival announced Wednesday the cancellation of the punk singer’s Oct. 6 show at Temple nightclub. Brent Oliver, the festival’s artistic director, said the board was alerted of Graves’ views on social media on Tuesday.

“We found some posts that were antithetical to the safer spaces policy and our policies for inclusion for the festival,” said Oliver. “We made a decision as a board of nine of us to cancel his performance.”

Brent Oliver, the festival’s artistic director, was less than impressed with what he saw.

Oliver cited the singer’s posts on Twitter, Instagram and Youtube that support or share views the festival director referred to as “against immigration, against feminism, against mental health treatments.”

“There was a number of things supporting Infowars, Alex Jones, Breitbart. How white people are being discriminated against. There’s just a lot of political and personal views on his social media that do not align with the festival.”

Graves was not amused with the whole thing.

In an interview from Akron, Ohio, Graves dismissed the criticism of his social media posts as “buzzwords that get people riled up.”

“I don’t need to be on the defence for my social media accounts,” he said.

Read the rest on the CBC site.

Larry Lootsteen

Music is life and I love to write about all things music. Independent music blogger. Writer in general. I am a big fan of alternative and indie music but there's no genre I haven't found something to like.

3 thoughts on “Former Misfits Singer Appearance Cancelled After Social Media Review

  • September 24, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Punk is dead.

  • September 24, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    The regressive left strikes again!

    More people should grow a backbone and learn to look at the world objectively instead of cowering to conformity of the masses.

    The leftist intolerance is creating a very dangerous authoritarian climate for our future.

    • September 25, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      I am going to permanently boycott this hideous festival. Shame on the organizers for discriminating against people who don’t share their disgusting far-left political views. You are really giving Canada a bad name around the globe with this kind of ignorance.


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