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Shining show cancelled amid allegations

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 3:13 PM PT


Currently touring North America with Revenge, Swedish extreme metal act Shining will not be performing as scheduled tomorrow at Tonic Lounge in Portland, OR. The venue has cancelled the show, citing alleged behavior by vocalist Niklas Kvarforth that includes "racist and homophobic slurs" and "groping women." Toxic Lounge issued the following explanation:

"Tonic Lounge has decided to cancel the Shining show that was scheduled for this Wednesday, May 17th. All tickets will be refunded. We regret having not researched this band more before approving their show. After booking them, it was brought to our attention that Shining's singer has done and said many things that could be considered offensive, dangerous, or destructive.

"While we were learning about and considering these issues, the list continued to grow, including a recent report that the he may have been involved in the drugging of someone's drink. This morning we received a call from a trusted friend in Boise Idaho, detailing the events that took place while Shining were there on Sunday. We were told that the singer of Shining went to the local punk bar Mulligans before their concert, and was groping women and threatening to stab employees, and had to be removed. We were also told that later, while performing at The Shredder, he used many blatant racist and homophobic slurs on stage, threatened audience members with rape, slapped audience members in the face, and was sieg heil saluting repeatedly throughout their performance.

"Sometimes words and allegations on the internet can be difficult to navigate, but a story like this coming from a friend is not. The above types of behavior are simply not acceptable at Tonic Lounge. This isn't about censorship. This is about protecting our venue, our staff, and our patrons. This decision was not made under pressure by any individuals or political groups. We believe in freedom of expression and are not quick to pull the plug on any band booked at our club. However, we are not going to invite someone into our space to spout hate speech on our stage, and/or put our staff and patrons in harm's way. We are still in full support of Famine Fest Presents, the other bands who were on the bill, and all of our friends and customers who planned on attending. We hope you all can respect our decision to do what's best for our club and those within it."

Meanwhile, the following video purports to show Kvarforth attempting to fight someone outside The Shredder:


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39 comments


154 days ago
An all-around class act

anonymous
154 days ago
band/guy just got a lot cooler imo. gonna have to look into this guys music more

154 days ago
Fight me cam

anonymous
154 days ago
Amen to the "just got cooler" comment, when did being in a band become synonymous with being an ass kissing scene politician?

anonymous
154 days ago
^^^ Whether you are in a band or not, if you are being a douche then people shouldn't feel obligated to support you or give you a show.

anonymous
154 days ago
Jeff from Wolvhammer is a class a dong.

anonymous
154 days ago
So many jackets lacking backpatches, the camera makes everyone look short and fat. Singer tried to fight a 15 year old skater, wow NFB nice fcking band.

anonymous
154 days ago
This rules. Heil Shining!

anonymous
154 days ago
When did Shining become an Alt Rught band?

anonymous
154 days ago
What a bunch of cucks. Black metal isnt supposed to be safe you nu males.

anonymous
154 days ago
So I assume they won't book any rappers then if they disapprove of slurs and disrespecting women?

anonymous
154 days ago
props to my anti fa brothers for deporting this bad hombre back to his ass backwards shithole. GTFO, America don't want you

anonymous
154 days ago
Why is black metal the only scene in metal that tolerate people from the Alt Right?

anonymous
154 days ago
Skater dude calm AF. Wearing the hoodie to hide some serious strength. KAI GREENEs training partner or some shit. Because damn, he is just very mildly concerned and confused despite getting bear hugged and some jerk all in his face. Props to him.

anonymous
154 days ago
Punk, metal and hardcore shouldn't be safe. fck these snitches posting some survalence video like this is the first 48.

anonymous
154 days ago
^^^
solid point, but I think you'd be surprised to see the kind of crowd this band draws in the area.

anonymous
154 days ago
The only thing solid here is my c-ck. fck me. I have the biggest erection right now looking at this footage and I feel like jacking off.

154 days ago
"^^^
solid point, but I think you'd be surprised to see the kind of crowd this band draws in the area"

now I know I've made it

anonymous
154 days ago
^^ haha, copy and pasted homie. Hope you don't mind

anonymous
154 days ago
Cue hardcore kids in shining shirts

anonymous
154 days ago
I blew three loads to this article and then a further six to the video

anonymous
154 days ago
Thats so alt right of him

anonymous
154 days ago
The real reason their gig got canceled is because Donald J Trump has appointed him as the new director of the FBI.

anonymous
154 days ago
lol, Niklas got his first taste of meth that night

anonymous
153 days ago
Anyone wanna take bets on who the first "Famine Fest" band to say n***** or k*** on stage is? You know it's on the tips off all of their tongues after this....

anonymous
153 days ago
If i were the dude with the board I wouldve started wailing on him with it. pssy ass black metal garbage

anonymous
153 days ago
This guy is a hoot

anonymous
153 days ago
And that has been the busiest day for Boise Police Department in the last 60 years.

anonymous
153 days ago
new found glory is more edgy than this basic edge lord antic bs.

anonymous
153 days ago
Since when is hugging considered starting a fight?

anonymous
153 days ago
The skateboard guy is who the vocalist tried to date abuse. Not making this up. That's why in the video he was so chill because he could barely walk. My buddy was there that night and after they caught on then he helped him leave. They think he didn't use enough dosage because it's different here than in Sweden or wherever.

Yet another example of how the biggest homophobes are closet gays.

anonymous
153 days ago
Anyone wanna take bets on who the first "Famine Fest" band to say n***** or k*** on stage is? You know it's on the tips off all of their tongues after this....

Or they're stoked he's off the show cause he's an jerk. Either one.

anonymous
153 days ago
dude is bi as hell, watch his interviews
source:gaydar

anonymous
153 days ago
bet if he was black, female or queer black metal bros would be fuming

anonymous
153 days ago
I'm also jacking off my big c-ck right now man and I love it. Love jacking off.

anonymous
153 days ago
if only you were there with Niklas that night he would've been much more relaxed

anonymous
152 days ago
saw this dude wipe his ball-sweat on his guitarist's head. 10/10, good show.

anonymous
148 days ago
Freedom of speech...... quite fcking free in this country alright

anonymous
148 days ago
I cant wait read about his murder.