Wolfmother drop out of Indonesian festival on moral grounds
September 22, 2010 by André Pusey
Wolfmother have officially pulled out of the Java Rockin’Land music festival to be held in October 2010 in Indonesia. According to a statement from lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, which can be read in full below or on the official Wolfmother website, the band have chosen to cancel their headlining show on the basis of moral opposition to one of the festival’s sponsors, a cigarette-producing conglomerate. Stockdale has promised that the band will make an effort to visit Indonesia to perform for its fans at some point in the future, although this may not be until the band next tours, which could be in 2011 or later.
Read the full Andrew Stockdale statement below:
Well I’m very sorry to hear of the negative light that has been shone upon our October trip to play in Jakarta. As far as I knew it was a festival! I had no idea of any sponsoring or affiliations with a large tobacco company. My brother’s wife is Indonesian and my two nephews are half-Indonesian so I was looking forward to heading over to Indonesia to check it out so to speak. Now I find myself being vilified as some morally decrepit individual using the tobacco industries money to line my pockets. So I have to make my voice heard in this situation.
With the severity of the issue of smoking in Indonesia, I completely understand that bands playing with promo girls handing out cigarettes isn’t going to help kids stop smoking in Indonesia.
So it is without hesitation I will now announce that we will be cancelling our headline show at Java Rockin’ Land on the 10th of October 2010. We are very regretful to miss this opportunity to play to our Indonesian fans, though hopefully in the not too distant future we can do more shows under different terms.
All the best,