Yet another Christian event has been cancelled by a Manchester based event venue. Band on the Wall is an iconic gigging venue and was one of the UK’s leading Christian rap artist, Faith Child’s first choice for the Manchester leg of his Airborne UK Tour. Following the provisional booking of his concert at Band on the Wall and just before he was about to secure the booking, Faith Child received an email from the Programming Director – Sally Cook saying:
“We have to be sure that any events we schedule would fit within our programme/company aims and I’m afraid anything with an overtly religious agenda wouldn’t be suitable. Therefore I’m afraid I can’t take this enquiry any further”.
This email came only one week after Band on the Wall hosted ‘Manchester’s Christmas Gospel’ Concert on 11th December 2015. Therefore appearing to conflict their own policy and leaving the hip hop artist in a state of bemusement.
“I was completely shocked when I got the email because it’s not as if I am going to be doing the Lord’s Supper! It’s a music concert at the end of the day. I am a Christian and my lyrics are based on Christian principles but every artist has their own message – so I really don’t understand why they would take that stance with me; particularly as they had a gospel concert only a few weeks back which is probably more ‘overtly religious!’
Band on the Wall declined to talk to us about their progamming policy and why they didn’t want to proceed with Faith Child’s booking but were happy to hold a Gospel concert. However, we will continue to chase for insight into this.
In the meantime, Faith Child has not let this disappointment hinder him. The Manchester leg of his tour is now taking place at Manchester Academy 3, Oxford Street in the centre of Manchester on 12th February. He will be joined by special guests, A Star and S.O. both who are London-based Christian Hip Hop artists and Manchester based LZ7 with Lily Jo.
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