Legendary grindcore outfit NAPALM DEATH‘s collaboration with ceramic artist Keith Harrison in a one-off performance, which was scheduled for March 22 at the renowned Victoria And Albert Museum (V&A) in London, England, has been canceled.
“It is with regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the one-off NAPALM DEATH performance in collaboration with our ceramic artist in residence Keith Harrison on Friday, 22 March,” reads a statement from the organizers. “This was due to take place in the Europe Galleries, which are currently being refurbished, and a further safety inspection has revealed concerns that the high level of decibels generated by the performance would damage the historic fabric of the building.
“The V&A is committed to an exciting programme of exhibitions and events, but the safety of our visitors and building remains our priority at all times.”
Keith Harrison (pictured below), V&A ceramics resident, previously stated about the event: “My interest in NAPALM DEATH started in the late ’80s when as a teenager in Birmingham I would listen to John Peel‘s evening radio show when they would appear out of nowhere in jaw-dropping fashion, sometimes for no more than a few seconds.
“The raw, uncompromising energy of NAPALM DEATH will be used to activate a set of three specially created ceramic sound systems based on the group of vivid blue and yellow tiled tower blocks on the Bustleholm Mill estate, West Bromwich where I was born.
“I wanted to invite NAPALM DEATH to collaborate with me for this live performance at the Museum for the last of a series of Disruptions I have worked on throughout my residency.”