Gig cancelled amid riot fears

A MUSIC event to give local bands the chance to play in London has been cancelled because of safety fears.

Around 300 music fans and band members from Hartlepool were due to travel to the capital this weekend for the second annual Music of Hartlepool Origin (MOHO2).

But organisers have cancelled the all-day gig which was due to take place near Camden, which was targeted by looters along with other parts of the capital.

Event promoter Brian Barnes, who plays with town band The Woven Project, said some band members and their families had expressed safety worries.

Brian, 42, said: “One of the London bands pulled out saying they didn’t feel safe.

“At the end of the day safety is our priority and we don’t want to be responsible for anything happening to anyone.

“It is a shame, but we just can’t risk it. We took advice from the Metropolitan Police.”

Fifteen bands and solo artists originally from Hartlepool were due to perform in the show at the Good Ship music bar, near Camden, on Saturday, with many fans set to travel down on coaches.

Many boroughs of London have suffered millions of pounds of damage caused by rioters including Tottenham, Ealing and Croydon where Brian has relatives.

He added: “I know a lot of people down there whose businesses have been damaged.

“I don’t condone any of the action, but it seems to me the causes are deep-rooted.”

MOHO2 was also being organised by the Clarendon Pub where many of the bands have played and Rockpig Promotions.

Brian said they hope to rearrange the event later in the year, or early next year.