Online campaign attacks controversial Islington gig

13:02 08 June 2011

The Slimelight

The Slimelight


»A storm has erupted over a controversial gig featuring bands with far-right connections – but organisers say they are they are victims of an online vendetta.

The event at Slimelight, in Torrens Street, Islington, on June 25 will feature Sol Invictus, whose lead singer Tony Wakeford was once in the National Front, and whose band member Andrew King recorded a song in which a character declares that Hitler is the second coming.

Also on the bill is Freya Aswynn, who was once quoted as saying she was “pleasantly surprised to see a substantial amount of white people in New York”.

Anti-fascist website Who Makes the Nazis has slammed the event, and the internet is awash with bloggers calling for it to be cancelled.

But Patrick Leagas, whose band 6 Comm is headlining the gig, says the criticism is the result of a long-standing personal feud involving Mr Wakeford. “This goes all the way back to the 70s,” he said. “Tony joined a right wing group – he admitted to his stupidity and apologised. He has a Jewish wife now, so it would be hard to describe him as a Nazi.”


“A lot of this bad publicity is the work of one person. The bands offered to cancel the gig, but why should we?”

Fans and members of other bands due to perform at the event have bombarded the Gazette’s website insisting they have absolutely no sympathy or allegiance to far-right groups.

But local business and anti-racism groups are still concerned.

Taz Khatoon, arts co-ordinator for the Candid Arts Trust, a few doors up from Slimelight in Torrens Street, said: “If the bands have racist connotations we would rather they didn’t come – we don’t want any trouble.”

Michael Barnard, co-founder of the Uprise festival in Finsbury Park last year, said: “It would be appalling if pro-fascism bands were to play such a short distance from Finsbury Park which has been the focal point for so many successful anti-racism festivals. “

Mayuan Mak, who runs Slimelight, defended the gig, saying: “We have supported charities doing relief work in Japan and Haiti and support groups for asylum seekers in the past. We would not tolerate an event that has a Neo-Nazi focus.”


Latest News Stories

City Supermarket, in Goswell Road. Picture: Google Street View

A convenience store has had its alcohol licence revoked - after selling knives to a violent teenager.

6 minutes ago
The man whose body was recovered from the Regent’s Canal has been named as Sebastiano Magnanini

Paul Williams, 61, of no fixed abode was on the evening of Thursday, October 8, charged with preventing lawful burial.

50 minutes ago
Islington Cllr Asima Shaikh, centre, visited users and staff at the learning centre. Picture: Arsenal FC/David Price

Arsenal FC’s adult learning centre has reopened in a new home by Emirates Stadium.

Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court. Picture: Polly Hancock

A savage English bull terrier chased a terrified schoolgirl down the street and bit her so severely she needed surgery, a court heard.

Yesterday, 15:00
Arsenal Stadium management have recently put up anti-skating signs and anti-skating devices on the steps outside the stadium on the North Bank Terrace to stop skaters skating over the memorial plaques there.

A mother has hit out at Arsenal Football Club after skateboarders were stopped from using steps with personalised memorial plaques at Emirates Stadium.

Yesterday, 14:51
The man whose body was recovered from the Regent’s Canal has been named as Sebastiano Magnanini

Two men have been arrested in connection with the suspected murder of a man in Islington, whose body was recovered from the Regent’s Canal in September.

Yesterday, 13:00
Pride of Britain Winner   SOHANA Collins and sisters with Sam Cameron ,  and at the Downing Street 


In many ways, Sohana Collins is just like any other 13-year-old: she goes to school, she’s obsessed with Harry Potter and enjoys playing with her family’s puppy.

Yesterday, 11:00
An artist's impression of how Archway town centre will look once the scheme is finished. But some are unimpressed by the Archway Road bus route plans

A main road may have to cope with another 50 buses per hour as part of plans to remove the Archway gyratory.

Most read news


You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Digital Edition

Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder