The Bristol band community is standing up against hate, after an allegation of homophobic behavior hit Twitter
over the weekend. The tweet describes an extremely hateful comment from one member of a Bristol band towards Luke Rainsford, an acoustic punk artist who was in the city to play at Fat Lip festival. Within minutes, the pop punk community rallied around Luke, and local events company Squeezebox made a fast decision to pull an event featuring the band in question.
In its place, Squeezebox Events has joined forces with Fat Lip to present charity event Ten Pins Standing at The Lanes on 12 November, with all profits and donations going to LGBT rights charity Stonewall.
The new event is being pulled together by Chris Wormald of Squeezebox alongside a growing cohort of Bristol-based supporters fusing together to get behind this event, including a strong lineup of local and further afield bands who have all offered to travel and play the event for free.
we decided to pull together an event to demonstrate the unity and togetherness of the local scene
Chris tells Nitelife: ‘It was a difficult decision to make. But the hurtful and homophobic comments decided it for me and I decided to pull the event we had planned at The Lanes last minute. With support from The Lanes, Fat Lip UK and the rest of my guys at Squeezebox, we decided to pull together an event to demonstrate the unity and togetherness of the local scene.’
an important lesson in the necessity of calling hateful behaviour out – whether it’s homophobic, xenophobic, genderphobic, sexist or otherwise
Despite standing to lose money and potentially damaging professional relationships, both Squeezebox and Luke Rainsford decided to lead by example, giving us an important lesson in the necessity of calling hateful behaviour out – whether it’s homophobic, xenophobic, genderphobic, sexist or otherwise, it shouldn’t be let slide under any circumstance.
I was going to let it slide but a drunk joke isn't an excuse
— Luke Rainsford (@LukeRainsford) August 20, 2017
The new event will be aptly held at The Lanes – where the incident took place – and will showcase an energetic lineup of up-and-coming pop punk bands including Montrose, Maypine, The Young Hearts, Say Nothing and a surprise unnamed opener, as well as Luke Rainsford. The event promises a day of love, positivity, good vibes and inclusivity.
‘We hope the event will be a coming together of people from all walks of life, proving that our little scene isn’t as small as it seems if we stand united!
‘We’re hosting some Bristol bands to help boost our local scene and keeping the timings to the daytime so the event is appropriate for all ages. The event is open to everyone and in the name of a very worthy cause. We are passionate about demonstrating that nobody should feel singled out and we love welcoming new people into the family.
We hope the event will be a coming together of people from all walks of life, proving that our little scene isn’t as small as it seems if we stand united
‘There should always be a mutual respect and support amongst local acts in order for our music scene to thrive. We like to think we encourage this to happen at all of our shows where we love welcoming familiar and new faces, alongside a backbone of strong local bands.
breeding positive vibes is way more constructive than behaving negatively
‘We are hoping to generate a really good response to this event and prove that breeding positive vibes is way more constructive than behaving negatively. The lineup looks really strong and we’re throwing some fun extras in for our ticket holders – expect a pizza party, ticket giveaways and perhaps even a dance off.’
Ten Pins Standing will take place on 12th November at The Lanes from 2pm – 10pm and EVERYONE aged 14+ is welcome.