Viking heavy metal band, Týr, from the Faroe Islands, have had at least six concerts of their 17-date November European tour supporting Norwegian metal band Sirenia cancelled over lead singer Heri Joensen’s participation in the Faroese practice of whaling.
According to heavy metal news site MetalTalk.net on 30 August 2016, venue owners of club Logo in Hamburg issued the following statement about their cancellation:
It came to our attention only after the official confirmation of the show that the head of the band plays an active part in Grindwaljad [whale hunting] in the Faroe Islands, a practice that we abhor deeply. Such people will naturally not play on our stage.
As of the publication of this article, Týr is no longer listed on the websites of five venues in Germany, including Logo in Hamburg, Postbahnhof in Berlin, Alte Zucherfabrik in Rostock, Café Central in Weinheim and Essigfabrik in Cologne, as well as the Gebr de Nobel venue in Leiden, Netherlands.
Joensen has since been vocal about the reasons behind why he and other Faroese practice whaling and has appealed to his fans to reach out to the venues on the tour to re-instate the concerts or to put his band back on the bill.
Photo: Section of the tour poster
» Heri Joensen (Týr lead singer) Facebook page – 13 September 2016:
Joensen’s post on the boycott
» Bild – 6 September 2016:
Metal band not to play Cologne’s Essigfabrik
» The Spectator – 3 September 2016:
Yes, I butcher whales. What’s all the fuss about?
» Metal Injection – 30 August 2016:
Týr frontman defends participation in whaling amidst boycotts
» MetalTalk.net – 30 August 2016:
Týr European tour under threat over whale controversy
» Wal und Delfinschutz Forum – 24 August 2016:
WDSF boycott call against Faroese band Týr