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Skullflower Dropped From Raw Power
The Quietus , February 8th, 2019 16:22

Skullflower dropped from bill due to racist associations, allegedly anti-Semitic language and use of Nazi symbolism

The industrial drone act Skullflower has been removed from the line-up of North London heavy music festival Raw Power.

A statement from the Raw Power organisers and promoters Baba Yaga's Hut read: "After booking Skullflower for Raw Power it was pointed out to us that Matthew Bower appears to have taken part in some questionable actions and has some public-facing associations that do not line up with how we feel at Raw Power & Baba Yaga's Hut. We looked into this matter in some detail and decided that it was necessary to cancel their set at this year's Raw Power festival. A replacement act as well as the last few bands and day splits will be announced at the end of the month."

Photographs have been published on Bower's blog showing a Schwarze Sonne, or Black Sun, a symbol used by neo-Nazi groups, alongside praise for right wing musician Andrew King (formerly of Sol Invictus) and allegedly anti-Semitic language. Skullflower also appeared onstage in Leeds alongside far right racist group Bizarre Uproar as recently as 2016.

When this information was put to Bower he refused to comment or deny any wrong doing.