The live music scene has become noticeably unsafe.
Disturbing fan behaviour at gigs has resulted in an increased number of reports regarding sexual harassment and physical abuse, generally towards women.
With the security issues surrounding Christina Grimmie’s tragic murder, paired with the disgustingly high rate of sexual violence at this year’s Bravalla festival that prompted Mumford and Sons to boycott the Swedish music festivals, the issue is becoming hard to just sweep under the rug.
And though live shows may have always been deemed as ‘unsafe’, the physical change in the number of reports filed have changed the way artists and bands are reacting to the incidences.
Bands like Luca Brasi, High Tension, and Modern Baseball have all called out audience members from stage for inappropriate behaviour in the crowd.
In 2014, grunge-rock band Staind halted their concert to berate audience members who were molesting a young crowd-surfing teenager.
A similar incident occurred just this past August, when Pearl Jam lead singer, Eddie Vedder, stopped mid-song to have a fan thrown out of the band’s concert for visibly harassing a woman, though it’s not clear exactly what the man was doing.
Having had enough of the nonsense, Australian band Camp Cope, are spearheading a new campaign to put an end to the heinous activity that is ruining live music for everybody.
Under the hashtag, #ItTakesOne, the Melbourne artists have paired up with their record label, Poison City Records, and a number of other musicians, to spread the positive message.
“We started this campaign to bring together artists to create a clear message about our stance on the abuse and assaults that continually arise at shows. It takes one person’s behaviour to ruin an entire show but it also takes one person to stand up, say something, and make a difference.”
Camp Cope said in a video announcing the movement.
“We purposefully wanted a strong male presence in the video. Including all-male bands who tend to have a predominately male audience. This was done because we believe that women are usually the victims in these incidents so it shouldn’t solely be the responsibility of women to fix the problem. We feel it’s important for men to speak to, and speak out against other men’s behaviour and be positive role models to other men.”
The band is calling out more Australian artists to join the movement, emphasizing that performers often feel personally responsible if someone is assaulted at their shows.
Watch the inspiring campaign video in the player above.