Napalm Death Assault On Museum Cancelled

The grindcore veterans were slated for a gig in one of London's top museums, but organisers realised at the last minute that vibrations from their performance would damage priceless artefacts.

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Napalm Death were scheduled to play a show in one of London's poshest museums until staff realised that vibrations from their brand of hard n' fast grindcore would probably destroy their priceless artefacts.

The gig had been organised by one of the ceramicists who works at the V&A Museum in London, who is apparently a big fan of grindcore acts like Napalm Death.

"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," said the organisers in a statement (via Metal Hammer).

"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."

The V&A houses some of the rarest artefacts in the world and is one of London's premier tourist attractions.

If you think it's a shame that Napalm Death won't be rocking out between pots and pans from yesteryear, get this: it was going to be free entry too. Oh, the loss.

Which bands would you like to see in unlikely places? Share your creative ideas in the comments.

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    I like how the first paragraph says it would destroy the artifacts, but then you read on and it says the main concern is the building. Great reporting UG!
    Dude you still read UG articles? I just skip straight to the comments, that's where the good stuff is.
    You do realize that they're getting the report straight from the horse's mouth? Meaning that you can blame the museum.
    Any metalband which is not allowed to play in a museum because the sound of their music could destroy the artefacts shown there,are doing their job right.
    That would be such an insane gig! I'm getting mental images of statues, paintings and artefacts bleeding profusely from the anus (regardless of whether or not they had an anus to begin with)
    Best. UG Title. Ever.
    except that it was cancelled haha
    It just almost like I felt like I was part of something that we were all doing together, you know? Yeah, could have been better if it was Napalm Death Assault on Museum Back ON!!!
    I was with you until the anuses thing, I myself imagined a music video in which they play at the museum and everything (statues, paintings, artifacts) just start blowing up
    The same thing happened in my high school a few years back. Some group from the Navy Academy played in my auditorium. They were playing a bunch of pop songs (which sucked because when they were warming up, they played YYZ). The bass was very loud and the whole auditorium was shaking. A couple of periods later, we all heard a loud crumbling noise and the floor started vibrating. As it turns out, part of the ceiling backstage in the auditorium collapsed. The building was 40 years old, and the ceiling wasn't built correctly. They got it fixed in a couple of months, but it was still crazy. I can only imagine what the results could be in a 250 year old building (even though this building is most likely built up to code). Still, it's a shame. That would be so cool to see a band like that in such an unlikely venue.
    How about Sunn O))) in a mall on a sunny saturday? That would be the most contradicting thing ever...
    I'd go see it haha. Imagine the people who have no idea what the hell is going on
    They're right though, a Napalm Death concert is one of the biggest displays of insanity in good fun ever. Btw, Utilitarian kicks so much ass, glad to see they're not past their prime.
    I wanted this to be about a protest outside a museum involving death by napalm being cancelled.
    I like how you refer to their planned show as an "assault" in the headline. Also, the building fabric has got nothing to do with the artifacts that the museum houses. Way to proofread.
    Unfortunate title "Napalm death assault on museum" had me worried for a second