Slaves U.K.

English punk duo Slaves are sparking debate online after declining to post the set times for their upcoming shows. But the group are defending the move as a career-minded show of respect toward the opening bands on the bill.

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While some acts may share a gig’s schedule of bands ahead of showtime, giving fans the option to bypass supporting groups but arrive in time for the headliner, Slaves U.K. counter that concertgoers should get to their gig right when it starts.

“WE DON’T POST SET TIMES TO OUR SHOWS,” write the band. “WE WERE THE SUPPORT ONCE. WE WOULDN’T BE HERE IF NOBODY TURNED UP TO WATCH US. SO TURN UP WHEN YOUR TICKET SAYS AND YOU’LL BE FINE.”

The group took to Twitter with the message after receiving requests that asked them to share the stage times for their current tour, as reported by the NME. But not all Slaves fans agree with the band’s position on catching the opening bands.

“Some people have ‘jobs’ and want to ‘not waste money’ on a gig they don’t know if they can make it for their act anyway,” responds one Twitter user. “Comments like these are nice in principle but only really resonate if you’re a student.”

However, plenty also agree with Slaves’ stance on the matter, vouching for the thrill of an excellent opener. “I don’t understand why people don’t watch the support acts,” offers one commenter. “There’s so many amazing bands to discover!”

What do you think of Slaves’ refusal to release set times? Do you agree with the group’s reciprocal resolve to support their supporting bands? Sound off in the comments.

NOTE: This article originally confused the U.K.-based Slaves with the American act of the same name led by musician Jonny Craig. We regret the error.
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