Taake Show Cancelled Amid Nazism Allegations (Updated)


Update – February 16th, 2018 – 11:00am:

Taake mastermind Hoest has once again denied allegations of Nazism, sharing the below statement in wake of the most recent cancellation:

“I have clearly explained many times throughout the years that me wearing a swastika once at a German concert was not at all meant to show support for the nazi ideology.

It was all about doing something extreme for the sake of it, which certainly backfired.
But it has now been 11 years and the band has even performed in Israel (!)

Anyway, similar incidents have not happened in Taake’s 25 year long career and will obviously not happen again. But certain parties seem to find this cold case unforgivable nevertheless, insisting on wilful misunderstanding.

So, once and for all, Taake is not a racist band. Never has been, never will be. Still claiming so is as ridiculous and unfounded as are the attempts at sabotaging our highly anticipated shows


Original Story:

Taake‘s upcoming North American tour has been met with at least one cancellation in the wake of allegations of Nazism being leveled at the band. Lambgoat report that the March 24th opening date at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, NY has been cancelled amid pressure from activist groups, such as this Antifa group.

The allegations stem from the band’s mastermind Hoest performing with a swastika painted on his chest back in 2007. He has since apologized for the incident many times and claimed it was meant to incite a reaction and was done as a joke. That said, lyrical content viewed as being anti-Islamic by many hasn’t sat well with others either. Regardless, other venues appear to also be under pressure and are considering pulling the plug on the band’s planned shows.