Live Show (Non-) Review: Solstafir w/ Ancient VVisdom and Vit

Location: Columbus, Ohio
Venue: Ace of Cups
Date: April 28, 2015

By: Kris Kotlarik

I was looking forward to this show for a while. Solstafir is a band that I had been becoming quite fond of, while Ancient VVisdom has some solid material.

But then, out of nowhere, the show was cancelled. No explanation why, and even some accusations of fuckery. Let’s take a look at the timeline of events:

March 26: Solstafir announces North America tour on its Facebook page.
April 7, 5:17 PM ET: Vit posts on their Facebook page that the show is cancelled.
April 7, 5:25 PM ET: Starwood Presents, the promoter for the show, says the show has been cancelled due to “unfortunate circumstances.”
April 8, 12:12 AM ET: Fan replies to unrelated post on Solstafir’s page saying that they just heard the Columbus show was cancelled.
6:30 AM ET: Solstafir says “We have not heard anything about this.”
11:13 AM ET: Forum post says Solstafir told opening band Vit to mellow out their sound, and the latter refused, prompting the cancellation. The quote, allegedly supplied by their drummer, could not be found from its original source.
April 9: Vit replies to question regarding reasoning behind cancellation with a picture of the Rockstar Games logo.
April 11 and 12: Posts to Ace of Cups Facebook page about the show go unanswered.
April 17: Solstafir announces replacement show in Dayton via Twitter
April 28: Ancient Wisdom replies to a Facebook comment about the cancellation with the following:
“The show was canceled and moved to Dayton . It wasn’t our call and I’m unclear as to why we would cancel a show at ace of cups , a place I personally have wanted to play for a while now. We will make a point to come to Columbus at the next closest opportunity.”
April 29: Solstafir replies to Facebook comment about the show, saying it was out of their hands.

All of this is extremely disappointing; I understand that shows get cancelled occasionally, but usually there is a valid reason behind it. When a perfectly good show like this gets torpedoed, I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to tell the fans why it was cancelled. What do you think the reason was? Your guess is as good as mine.

Update: That Drummer Guy reports that the account regarding Vit being the main issue on the bill is more or less accurate:

The tour manager did not want a Black Metal band playing the show; the venue [Ace of Cups] refused to kick them off the bill because they’ve been promoting the show and already sold a lot of tickets. Tour manager 86’ed the show. Threatened to do it at other shows as well.

If this is true, and I have no reason to assume otherwise given That Drummer Guy’s impressive lineup of interviews, then that’s just a shame. Metal fans and bands get accused of being elitist far too often, and this sort of thing adds fuel to the fire.

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