Napalm Death gig cancelled over V&A damage fears

The Victoria & Albert Museum has cancelled a gig by the metal punk band Napalm Death over fears the sheer volume could cause the building to crumble.

The grindcore act had been set to play an experimental one-off show at the museum after teaming up with a ceramic artist who created a sound system designed to disintegrate during the gig.

Napalm Death's Mark 'Barney' Greenway. Credit: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

But Friday's performance was cancelled "with regret" after a safety check raised concerns that it could result in more than just the sound system deteriorating.

Artist Keith Harrison, who became interested in the band after hearing them as a teenager, created three ceramic sound systems based on the tiles used on the tower blocks of the Bustleholm Mill estate in West Bromwich, where he grew up.

The V&A said, "This [gig] was due to take place in the Europe Galleries, which are currently being refurbished, and a further safety inspection has revealed concerns that the high level of decibels generated by the concert would damage the historic fabric of the building".