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Architects frontman pauses gig to hit out at groper

By | Published on Monday 21 August 2017

The frontman of British metalcore band Architects has been commended for interrupting his set at the Lowlands festival in Amsterdam on Friday to hit out at an audience member he saw grope a fan who was crowd surfing during the show.

According to NME, Sam Carter told his audience “I’ve been going over in my fucking mind whether I should say something about what I saw in that last song. And, do you know what, I am going to fucking say it”.

He went on: “I saw a girl, a woman, crowdsurfing over here and I’m not going to point the fucking piece of shit out that did it, but I saw you fucking grab at her boob. I saw it. It is fucking disgusting and there is no fucking place for that shit”.

Carter then added: “It is not your fucking body and you do not fucking grab at someone. Not at my fucking show. So if you feel like doing that again, walk out there and fuck off and don’t come back”.

Before resuming his set, he concluded: “Let’s keep this going, let’s keep this a safe place for fucking everybody, and let’s have a fucking good time”.

Carter’s comments come as increased attention is given to the sexual harassment and assault that is routinely suffered by female music fans at gigs and festivals.

Initiatives like Girls Against and the Association Of Independent Festival’s Safer Spaces campaign have put the spotlight on the problem, the latter promoting the simple three part message: “zero tolerance to sexual assault”, “hands off unless consent” and “don’t be a bystander”.