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Napalm Death show at museum cancelled for fear of building collapse

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   March 20, 2013 at 3:37 PM   |   Comments

March 20 (UPI) -- Napalm Death was scheduled to play a concert at the Victoria and Albert Museum on Friday night, but the museum cancelled the show for fear that "high level of decibels generated by the performance would damage the historic fabric of the building."

Friday's concert, called Bustleholm, was a one-time collaboration between the famed grindcore band and Keith Harrison, who is a resident ceramic artist at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington. The three ceramic sound systems to be featured at the show could disintegrate due to the sound levels.

A spokesperson from the V&A said the concert was cancelled "with regret."

"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 safety of our visitors and building remains our priority at all times."

Before the concert was cancelled, Napalm Death's frontman, Mark "Barney" Greenway, said he was looking forward to it, according to BBC News. "Sound as a weapon — or a weapon of change — is a very interesting concept and I think that the whole process of our sound gradually degrading clay sculptures is captivating," he said.

Napalm Death has been active since 1981, but of its current lineup, the longest-playing member, Shane Embury, joined the band in 1987.

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