Ian Brown has stepped down as headliner of the Neighbourhood Weekender festival due to his beliefs on the vaccine.
The Stone Roses singer has been vocal in his opinions about lockdown and vaccines throughout the pandemic.
He took to twitter to announce the news “My Saturday night headline show at NHBD Weekender Festival will now not happen! I refuse to accept vaccination proof as condition of entry.Refunds are available! X”
My Saturday night headline show at NHBD Weekender Festival will now not happen! I refuse to accept vaccination proof as condition of entry.Refunds are available! X
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) March 3, 2021
The Neighbourhood Weekender festival in Warrington has been rescheduled for September.
In a statement, the organisers said:
“Following the recent government announcement we are moving Neighbourhood Weekender to Friday 3, Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 September 2021.”
The full line up and ticket information can be found here. Gerry Cinnamon, James, Catfish And The Bottlemen and many more will play at the festival.
Last month, Ian Brown urged festival promoters to not work with the Government. Brown does not want the vaccine or vaccine passports.
Proof of vaccination may be needed for events and travelling to foreign countries in the future.
These passports or proof of vaccination were already in use before the pandemic for travel to some countries in Asia or Africa, so the concept isn’t new.
To all festival promoters: Please do not collaborate with SAGE/ GOVT re vaccine passports for entry. Dont help to usher in the new nazi normal
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) February 27, 2021
Many Stone Roses fans are disappointed that Ian Brown believes in these conspiracy theories.
Future concerts may be a problem for Ian Brown as he has stated that he will never perform to a crowd that has been vaccinated.
I will NEVER sing to a crowd who must be vaccinated as a condition of attendance. NEVER EVER!
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) February 26, 2021
Brown had previously claimed that the pandemic was planned to turn people into “digital slaves”, you can check out our report on it here.
Other musicians share Ian Brown’s thoughts on the pandemic. Van Morrison and Jim Corr have voiced similar views.
Van Morrison and Eric Clapton released an anti-lockdown song last year and the proceeds went to musicians struggling due to the cancellation of live music.
Further afield, Ted Nugent and Smash Mouth are acts that also believe the pandemic is fake.
Smash Mouth, along with many other bands played at the Sturgis Rally festival last year and that event was later deemed a super spreader event in South Dakota.