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Soilwork Cancel Controversial Singapore Concert Following Bjorn Strid’s Recent Surgery


Earlier this year Soilwork found themselves embroiled in controversy after being singled out alongside Watain by a concerned citizen in Singapore over their planned show there this past March. Said citizen launched an online petition which generated tens of thousands of signatures in regards to their concerns about the two acts and other metal bands playing the island city-state. In particular, they cited religious and moral beliefs among their concerns, offering:

“These heavy metal bands do not represent the culture which we want in our youths. Their subliminal messages in their songs include death and suicide.”

Soilwork for their part wound up rescheduling that show until October 29th and with that date rapidly approaching, it turns out the group have been forced to cancel their appearance. In a newly-issued statement, the band said of the matter:

“It is with great sadness that we need to inform you, that our scheduled show on Oct 29th will be cancelled. A combination of events has led to this unfortunate decision. Björn recently underwent major surgery for varicose veins in his left leg.

He is still in rehabilitation process and need to do a follow-up appointment at the clinic and is not recommended to travel before Oct 29th. Singaporean laws also make it near impossible for Björn to bring the needed medicines. Since immigration goes through Singapore, as the first show on the tour, we would run the risk of canceling the remaining dates, if Björn can’t bring his medicines. It’s very unfortunate and nothing we take lightly. We are deeply sorry about this.

Please know that Singaporean promoter Street Noise Productions have done everything they can to make this show happen, ever since our March show postponement. We are obviously devastated over their massive financial losses and really hope to make it up to them and also you, our fans. We beg for your understanding and to respect our situation.

We hope to find another opportunity, when circumstances will be different for the band to play in your country. Thanks for your understanding.

The remaining 2019 tour dates in Australia, Japan and Finland will go ahead as planned.

Best regards, Soilwork