KRAKOW, Poland (CelebrityAccess) — A Polish music festival was forced to change venues for a planned concert by the UK-based experimental music group Current 93 over allegations of promoting Satanism were made against the group's founder, David Tibet.
The group had been scheduled to play an October 16th concert at St Catherine's Church in Krakow, but the show has been relocated along with several other yet-to-be-announced shows that were to appear at the venue.
In a statement on the festival's website, organizers wrote:
"With great shock, it has come to our attention that accusations have been posted on a Polish Internet website that our festival — as preposterous as it is to even repeat — allegedly promotes and propagates Satanism. These accusations, initially made in a letter to St Catherine's Church, are completely unfounded, unreasonable, and slanderous. They undermine the good name of the festival, which since 2003 has been an enthusiastic participant in Krakow's cultural life, and we reject the accusation unequivocally.
"Were it possible to ignore this as a sick joke, we would. Unfortunately, this statement harms not only the festival organisers, but also our guests – including both artists and the festival audience."
"As the organisers of Unsound, we of course categorically deny that Satanism is now or has ever been promoted at our festival. The goal of the Unsound festival has always been bringing artists and audiences together in the promotion of art and culture. There has never been any political ideology or religious motivation behind the festival programming. And, moreover, the organisers of the festival have always appreciated the hospitality of Krakow churches, where over the span of several years many concerts have taken place." – Staff Writers