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Enter Shikari have released a statement regarding the abusive behavior being experienced by Palaye Royale and their fans following an incident at Saturday night’s show at Cliffs Pavilion in Southend, U.K.

You can read the full statement below.

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According to Twitter, and incident occurred during Saturday night’s show involving “a dude in his 50’s” pushing Palaye Royale fans around.

Posts made from the band seem to confirm the incident while backing up their bandmate Emerson Barrett, who reportedly received some backlash after trying to protect fans during the incident.

Guitarist Sebastian Danzig also commented on a now deleted video showing Barrett addressing the crowd.

Enter Shikari took to Facebook to post a lengthy statement on the matter to a private Facebook group, stating they “cannot condone” such abusive behavior. Screenshots were taken of the statement and posted on Twitter.

You can read the band’s full statement, below.

Last night in Southend, there was an incident where one member of the audience someone who was – from what we can gather from talking to several people involved – there specifically to cause trouble) who was abusing Palaye Royale with highly offensive language, crushing young fans in the front rows and generally making the early part of the night unpleasant for everyone around him.

At the end of Palaye Royale’s set, their drummer went to the barrier to check on fans and (rightly or wrongly, but, adrenalised by what had happened, maybe understandable) confront the individual, an out-of-context video clip of the proceedings catches part of the exchange, but fails to tell the whole story.

the person in question was taken aside, where he proceeded to threaten security, issue extremely violent threats towards Palaye Royale’s merch person, and then ended with a flourish of a threat to burn the building down as he was escorted from the venue.

it goes without saying that we do not, never have, and never will, condone that sort of behaviour. and we will always endeavour to have it squashed as quickly and quietly as possible.

A lot of you know us and our crew, you can spot our crew by their crew shirts, if you ever see anything of this sort, just mention to one of them and it will be looked into. 

but, something else we cannot condone is the repeated ramping up of abusive behaviour against Palaye Royale and their fans. A very small group of Enter Shikari [fans] have taken it upon themselves to encourage online bullying of Palaye Royale fans, orchestrated verbal abuse of the band at shows, and the specific intent to make Palaye Royale’s set as unpleasant an experience as possible for their fans. We will not tolerate this.

If you plan on disrupting ANY part of the night, then you plan on ruining the WHOLE night (at least for someone), and we won’t stand for someone coming into our house and deliberately trying to cause trouble; a vast majority of the Palaye Royale fans we have engaged with are lovely people, exactly the same as the vast majority of Enter Shikari fans we know or meet along the way. Many of them ARE also Enter Shikari fans. For them to be treated as somehow “other” is pretty much against every aspect of our band’s ethos.

While we acknowledge that online attention is seductive, we ask you to not share / engage with tweets or commentary designed to disrupt or enflame situations (re-tweeting tweets that start with the word “apparently”, when you were not at a specific show or witness to a specific incident, is not helpful to anyone, except those who have an agenda to deliberate disrupt the shows). 

there is no doubt that last night’s incident is an almost direct result of the attempts of a couple of individuals to stir up drama and resentment where none should naturally exist.

We also acknowledge that Palaye Royale aren’t to everyone’s tastes. But Enter Shikari aren’t to everyone’s tastes either, and we went through our own share of this on support tours in our earlier days. Imagine how we would have felt then, had this been happening to us?

It’s a rock show. ‘Rock’ is already treated as a marginal art form, we shouldn’t create division within it.

We maintain that Enter Shikari shows should always be a safe space for anyone who wants to come and enjoy music. We hope that we can now put this all behind us, and move forward positively with what has otherwise been an extremely fun tour’

Thank you”

Both bands will be on tour together through February, and you can view the remaining dates below.

Dates:

01/20 – Norwich @ UEA
01/23 – Glasgow @ Barrowland Ballroom
01/24 – Aberdeen @ Beach Ballroom
01/25 – Inverness @ Ironworks
01/26 – Preston @ Preston Guild Hall
01/28 – Northhampton @ Roadmender
01/29 – Southhampton @ O2 Guildhall
01/30 – Cambridge @ Corn Exchange
02/01 – Birmingham @ O2 Academy
02/02 – Leeds @ O2 Academy
02/03 – Manchester @ Academy
02/04 – Newcastle @ O2 Academy

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