Metal Bands Banned From Swearing at Bloodstock Festival?

Proximity to war memorial prompts profanity ban.

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Heavy metal has always had a relaxed policy on cursing, with foul mouthed lyrics having been an acceptable feature of the genre for a number of decades. However, bands performing at this year's Bloodstock Festival in Birmingham, England, were, somewhat unusually, told to mind their language.

As Hispanic Business reports, bands such as Slayer, Death Angel and Anthrax were banned from swearing on the stage because of the festival site's proximity to a war memorial. Bloodstock takes place near the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, and officials from the Royal British Legion were concerned that the peace of mourners at the memorial would be disturbed.

Bloodstock co-director Adam Gregory issued the following statement regarding the decision:

"We are very conscious of the local community," he said. "We have the Arboretum very close by and we try to respect that.

"Most of the bands were very obliging when we told them. I don't think it detracted one iota and I think the fans were in agreement."

Bloodstock took place from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th August and featured headliners King Diamond, Lamb of God and Slayer. This year's event was attended by 14,000 people with a further 1.3 million watching live streams of the festival online.

But what do you think? Were the Bloodstock organizers right to ban swearing at the event? Would you attend a metal music festival if you knew that there was a no swearing policy?

Let us know in the comments.

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    They don't want swearing at the festival to avoid troubling the war museum people, yet they invited Slayer along. Angel of Death is, start to finish, about Josef Mengele - one of the biggest war criminals to have ever lived... Logic?
    In fairness, they were asked not to swear in between songs, and most bands didn't pay much attention to it. Though Sabaton threw cans of beer into the crowd as a way of apology everytime the singer swore. Swearing should be banned more often!
    Can't swear because of the proximity to a war memorial. Yet the festival has a name like Bloodstock. It's funny the things people choose to be upset over.
    "I want everyone to ****ing bang your heads right ****ing now. Go!" "I want everyone to bang your heads right now.Go!" All the sudden I'm not so convinced...
    well u-g has topped itself A YEAR late on ****ing news. they were banned from swearing between songs last year. and it doesn't take place in birmingham it takes place about 50 miles from birmingham in walton-on-trent derbyshire. so thanks UG you really can't report shit.
    Was this festival really in august 2013? Cause Thursday was the 8th and Sunday was the 11th... d'oh!!
    It doesn't appear like they were being very strict with this policy. Seems like more of a "keep swearing to a minimum" suggestion imo. Which I have to say, given the circumstances, seems perfectly reasonable.
    I want Phil Anselmo to make a ****ing statement on this ****ing topic.
    "Would you miiiiind not swearing when playing that rather raucous music of yours? There's a good chap." Needs to be read with a stuffy, posh accent and wearing a suit.
    Exodus didnt take one bit of notice to this, they swore the most out of all the bands I saw
    also to the *****s complaining. great! you keep the bands swearing between songs. then the local community will be riled. then they'll complain. then you'll have no ****ing festival at all