Skinhead concert called off over extremist bands

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A TWO-DAY concert due to feature skinhead bands with links to far-right extremists has been called off.

Twelve bands were set to perform at the event in Bathgate, including German group Endstufe, said to be one of the oldest bands on the German neo-Nazi scene and whose name can be translated as “final solution”.

Also due to appear was a band called Pressure 28, which is fronted by Kevin Gough, said to have spent time in jail after being convicted of distributing material likely to incite racial hatred.

The concert has now been cancelled following protests.

Paul Sillett, of Unite Against Fascism, said: “It is very good news that this event is no longer going ahead. The white power music scene sort of flies under the radar, but there are a lot of people in the area who were extremely unhappy that this was scheduled to go on.”

The event, billed as a festival of music, was due to take place over two days in June, but organisers had kept the precise venue under wraps.

Edinburgh bands Steel Comb and Bakers Dozen were also listed as due to play.

Constable David Arnott at Bathgate police office said: “We have had a meeting with the organiser and can confirm that this event will not now be taking place.”