Controversial ‘drill rap’ group OneFour cancel their national tour after claiming police forced their sold-out shows to be shut down
- Rap group OneFour have announced the cancellation of their national tour
- The news comes days after their Adelaide and Melbourne show were cancelled
- The controversial musicians claimed police pressured venues not to host them
- NSW police denied the allegations and said decisions to cancel are up to venues
- OneFour share their name with a Mount Druitt gang but say they’re not affiliated
Rap group OneFour have cancelled their national tour after claims police pressured venues out of hosting their shows.
The Sydney musicians announced the cancellation across their social media channels on Thursday implying their shows had been banned in Australia.
‘Our entire national tour has now been cancelled. Our fans have never caused any issue at our concerts. So why can’t you see us perform?’ OneFour wrote.
‘Making and performing music is not a crime. And when they tell you you’ve got to make a better future for yourself why do they want to trap you in your past?’
The controversial Sydney drill-rappers announced the cancellation of their national tour on Thursday
The group had booked events in Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.
Their sold-out show in Auckland next week will still proceed.
The news comes days after the ‘devastated’ group told fans their Melbourne and Adelaide shows were cancelled on the days they were expected to perform.
‘We’re devastated that due to issues beyond our control the Adelaide show has now been cancelled. There will be full ticket refunds,’ the band said.
‘There’s a bigger issue for us is this continues a pattern of concert cancellations which deny us a platform to perform and single out our fan base.
‘To be clear there has been no incident at any of our live concerts and why the band would want or allow that to change for our fans does not make any sense.
New South Wales Police said the decision to cancel a show ultimately lies with the venue. Pictured: OneFour performance
OneFour announced the cancellation over their social media channels, after their Melbourne and Adelaide shows were shut down days apart
‘Right now our management are trying to sit down with NSW Police to sort this out.
OneFour have previously claimed NSW Police were responsible for shutting down their shows, including three in Sydney that were cancelled earlier this year.
The NSW Police Force has denied the allegations stating the decision to cancel a show lies with the venue.
‘The NSW Police Force rejects any assertion of a ‘censorship strategy’ or that officers have been placing improper pressure on venues or promoters to cancel shows,’ a police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
‘While police provide safety and security advice to venues, promoters, and other stakeholders ahead of major events, the decision as to whether or not an event will proceed lies with the relevant venue.
OneFour (pictured) found fame on Youtube, racking up a cult-following and millions of views
‘While NSW Police Force regularly consult with other jurisdictions about law enforcement issues, we have not been involved in discussions with venues outside of NSW.’
OneFour’s legal representatives have been in contact with NSW police.
The group shares its name with a Mount Druitt youth gang but they say they are not members themselves, and say the name comes from the year they were established.
The artists perform drill rap, a hardcore version of hip hop that moved from Chicago to the UK, that has come under fire from UK police for inciting violence.
WHAT IS DRILL MUSIC?
‘Drill’ music, a hip-hop subgenre, is driving feuding gang wars in Britain, community leaders have warned.
Hundreds of videos on YouTube feature UK rappers threatening and provoking people from rival areas in London.
To ‘drill’ means to fight or scrap and the violent lyrics focus on gang life, drugs, guns and killing.
In one video viewed nearly three million times, rapper Digga D boasts about having to bleach his knife after using it to attack someone.
In another, entitled ‘Mummy’s Kitchen’, rappers Loski and Mayski, who are thought to be Londoners, boast about taking a blade from the family home.
In the videos, which are filmed across the city, performers take care to ensure their faces are covered.
In Australia the genre has been adopted by rap group OneFour, from Sydney’s west.
They have developed a cult following online, with singles Shanks and Shivs, The Message and Spot the Difference racking up millions of views on YouTube.
But they say pending court cases have prevented them from touring, causing them to rely on social media to release their music videos.
NSW Police Strike Force Imbara was set up earlier this year in an attempt to prevent gang violence between groups in Sydney’s west.
Police said two main groups, representing the ‘greater west’ and ‘inner west’ districts have a long-standing gang rivalry.
OneFour warned their fans not to retaliate to the cancellations.
‘Don’t lash out online or elsewhere as it plays into the hands of those that would vilify us,’ they wrote on social media.
‘But do continue to listen to us online because many of those platforms still believe in the right of expression and free speech.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted OneFour for comment.