The mayor of Gorinchem in the Netherlands banned urban music from the historic city’s 2018 end of summer festival, citing safety reasons, reported DutchNews.nl.
In the lead-up to the 2018 Zomerfeest Gorinchem, which ran from 21 to 26 August, Mayor Reinie Melissant said the party is a celebration for locals and the program affects the number of visitors. “One type of music is more of a safety issue than another… with urban music there is a risk of trouble,” she told broadcaster RTV Rijnmond.
The decision came after huge crowds descended on the small town to see Rotterdam rap group Broederliefde at the 2017 festival. The venue was overcrowded, some people couldn’t see the show, and riots arose.
Zomerfeest Gorinchem organisers announced the decision on its website on 18 June 2018, saying the situation is regrettable but there will be a great line-up nonetheless.