The Guardian festival blog: Wireless? After a swearing ban, the festival will be totally spineless | Suzanne Moore | Opinion

Goodness gracious me. I don’t know exactly who is booked for next year’s Wireless festival in London but let’s hope they are jolly and well-brought-up people who will keep the noise down. I mean, that’s what you want at a festival isn’t it?

Well, no. And Wireless isn’t for the likes of me, though I can hear it from where I live. Interestingly, the biggest sound I ever heard coming from Finsbury Park was when Madness played. The ground was shaking. The earth moved for the centrist dads that day.

Now Haringey council in its infinite wisdom has, after listening to protests, agreed that Wireless can continue, but performers have been told they must not swear, make obscene gestures or wear skimpy clothes on stage. They cannot “make any vulgar gestures actions or remarks during the performance, or at any point whilst using an amplification device, including the use of expletives”. To which the only thing you can say is…


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