Insta-Fest: Punk Rock Concert Canceled, "Skinhead Element" Said to Be Feared

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Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM
click to enlarge Old Firm Casuals
  • Old Firm Casuals

News broke this morning that The Echo has cancelled what was to be the first installment of an event called Insta-Fest, to take place March 30. The punk rock festival, sponsored by Insta-Press Clothing, Durty Mick Records and others, was slated to feature a who's who of international punk and oi bands, including Old Firm Casuals (featuring Lars Frederiksen of Rancid), Pressure Point from Sacramento and Toughskins, from L.A.

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Durty Mick announced the cancellation this morning via Facebook, alleging that, after the Echo management caught wind that the festivities would feature "the skinhead element" it decided to pull the plug.

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  • Instafest Cancelled

As we've previously written, the skinhead scene in Los Angeles is non-racist and overwhelmingly Latino. Neither it nor any of the bands scheduled have any connection to Nazi elements, whose members are referred to as "boneheads."

See also: Skinheads United: All Over L.A., Nonracist, Primarily Latino Skinheads Obsess on Classic Reggae and Soul

In their statement (which you can read in full below) Durty Mick Records took issue with the cancellation and The Echo's management. "Their lack of communication and unprofessionalism is beyond words," it says. (Update: A representative from the Echo says the venue's management has no comment.)

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Insta-Fest certainly would not have been the first time skinheads have performed at the Echo. In November, reggae legend Roy Ellis performed there, while in June The Gaylads played to a packed house as well.

Still, the boots and braces crowd won't want for something to do on March 30. Skamania! is presenting rocksteady legend Errol Dunkley at Los Globos.

Durty Mick Records statement:

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