Jamaican reggae UK concert canceled due to protest from gay community

Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton was forced to cancel a concert at the Concorde 2 in Brighton following protest from the gay community concerning the Banton’s lyrics –which are considered by some to be homophobic.

The club posted a statement on their website saying the concert was canceled as a result of “unprecedented pressure from the council, members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, and police.” The club also stated there was concern that the concert could cost the club its license if Banton was to perform.

“Due to unprecedented pressure from the council, members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and the police, Concorde 2 have been left with no choice other than to cancel the Buju Banton event,” the club said on its Web site.

The club had been warned that it could lose its license if the Banton concert was to take place due to safety reasons. Concorde 2 had assured council members and the police that Banton would not perform the song “Boom Bye Bye” – which describes a gay man’s murder.

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