It’s not often where the issues of politics and social uprisings end up being involved with Visual music. Many fans typically think of their music and the real-world as separate entities, but occasionally the two clash with one another.
Today, Girugamesh announced they would be cancelling their expected live at Bingo Club in Kiev, Ukraine. The live, scheduled for May 23rd, was cancelled because of the the ousting of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych after political uprisings beginning in November of 2013. These protests lead to rioting, then the deaths of an estimated 100 dead with thousands wounded. The riots and subsequent ousting of President Yanukovych has led to the deployment of Russia troops to the southern Peninsula of Crimea. This invasive act has caused tensions to rise from the West and Russia.
Girugamesh announced the following on their official Facebook:
Cancelation of girugamesh show in Kiev, Ukraine at Bingo Club
We regret to inform you that the girugamesh show at Bingo Club, Kiev schedule on May 23rd has been cancelled due to the current political situation in Kiev. We apologize to all fans for any inconveniences caused but the band hopes to visit Kiev in the future when the opportunity arrises.
Please contact your ticket outlet for refunds.
Tickets to all other dates are still available from your ticket outlets. Check here for ticket links.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time this happened in recent history. It was only last year that CELL was forced to cancel two lives in China due to the tensions in the region.
For S-T readers in Ukraine or the affected region, we at Shattered-Tranquility hope you and your loved ones stay safe throughout this ordeal.
If anyone is interested in learning more about Ukraine’s Uprising, up-to-date information is available through the BBC and other online news sites.