Ruhr, Germany’s WOLF x DOWN have cancelled their appearance at the Best, NL Edge Fest, scheduled to take place this October 22nd. The band has released a statement, excerpted below:
As it became apparent that the co-promoter of this year’s EDGE FEST in Best, NL and owner of the new clothing company Xlions roarX, “Terror Tom“, is the well-known neo-Nazi [Thomas V.], we’re NOT gonna play EDGE FEST on oct.22.
In response, Thomas V of Xlions roarX, the event promoter, has released a statement. Part of the statement is presented below, with the entirety posted on the Xlions roarX Facebook page:
Just ask yourself this: why would a “nazi” book all these left wing bands? Why would a “nazi” have all these foreign and left wing friends he hangs out with on a daily basis? Why would a “nazi” get rid of his right wing tattoo’s? It is my past and unfortunately I can’t get rid of my past. If I could, I would within an instant.
I really am disappointed that nobody who found out about my past ever came to me. Instead of asking the guy involved, they immediately started their little phony internet war, without checking the information first. Some parts are unfortunately true, but most of it is made up. These people are just as tolerant as the people their fighting, they just measure with different standards.
Xlions roarX have since announced that they will be pulling out of Edge Fest. The full statement can be read on the Xlions roarX Facebook page:
Due to all the commotion around the past of xLions Roarx´s founder Terror Tom, we have voluntarily decided to pull out of Edge Fest, for the sake of the festival. Edge Fest will still take place, but we won´t be any part of it.