This headline reads like something out of the Onion, but this is what has befallen Wireless Festival in London. According to the BBC, new licensing rules for 2019 mean that the festival will have to monitor artist’s lyrics and what they wear. The hip-hop and R&B festival will require artists to not wear “offensive” clothing and to not swear.
This all comes from the Haringey Council, which has imposed a slew of new rules on the festival. They include the above two rules, new noise restrictions, opening times and performers can’t “carry out indecent acts or make any vulgar gestures, actions or remarks during the performance.”
When trying to clarify on what might offend the public with their clothing, the council dives deep into their 18th century grandparent’s playbook with “attire which expose the groin, private parts, buttock or female breast(s)."
Friends of Finsbury Park said they liked the agreement, though they wanted the total number of attendees to drop.
If the festival don’t follow the rules or show “reasonable efforts” in following them, then the festival could be fined or shut down.
I never thought I would be rooting for Live Nation’s lawyers, but go get them guys. Wireless will have 21 days to appeal the rules. Among those who performed in 2018 included Drake, Post Malone, J. Cole, Stormzy, Giggs, Rick Ross and Goldlink.