Activists vow to halt major Nazi hate concert in Edinburgh

Neo-Nazi thrash metal band Bound For Glory are to perform in Edinburgh this year – but anti-fascist groups have vowed to pull the plug on what organisers are billing as Scotland’s biggest ever ‘white power’ gig.

The American outfit, one of the biggest bands on the neo-Nazi music scene,  are expected to draw an army of fascist thugs from all across Europe to Scotland’s capital if the gig goes ahead on October 22, prompting anti-fascist groups to try and track down the 800-capacity venue where it is to be held.

Tickets for the hate-fuelled, white supremacist gig are on sale now at £30 a head, but as is the norm with shows of this nature, the name of the venue is not disclosed in advance in case the owners – who are often unaware of the nature of the gigs – cancel proceedings for fear of being targeted by protesters.

To get around this, neo-Nazi music fans are often given redirection points – such as nearby pubs or coffee shops- where they can assemble together on the night before heading along to the gig.

Trade unionists and student campaigners have vowed to oppose the Bound For Glory concert, which will see several bands from the far-right skinhead subculture taking the stage alongside the Minnesota-based headliners, who themselves glorify the Nazis with songs such as Behold The Iron Cross.

Hope Not Hate, the anti-racism campaign group, claims the gig has been organised by former figures within Blood and Honour – a notorious neo-Nazi organisation which has hosted large-scale ‘white power’ gigs throughout Europe and North America in the past.

Suki Sangha, vice chair of the Unite union’s black, Asian and ethnic minority committee told digital news and views service CommonSpace that trade unionists and anti-racists would oppose the gig.

“We will oppose this ‘white power’ gig and anyone who prides themselves on promoting the dangerous ideas of Nazism, hate and division,” said Sangha. “Across Europe we are witnessing the rise of xenophobic policies in parliament translating into racist and fascist attacks on the streets.

“The trade union movement in Scotland has a long history of opposing the toxic ideology of the far-right which if given a platform will lead to more violence and abuse in our communities.”

NUS Scotland black students’ officer Sanjay Lago said: “Scotland, and the student movement, has a long history of rejecting the bigotry, hate, and violence that groups like this stand for.

“With the refugee crisis growing, and the ever present threat of hate-crime, it’s never been more important to challenge these fascist ideologies, rather than giving them a form of platform.

“We need to be absolutely clear that these kind of disgusting messages are not welcome in Scotland, and I hope that we see people uniting in our rejection of this event.

“Scotland is a proudly diverse and welcoming country, and we stand proudly in solidarity with all those campaigning to protect those principles and against groups like this.”