Metal Postcard correspondent, ‘Slink Rat’, voices concern that police are raiding musical events, targeting foreign musicians who are being paid to perform or who are performing without a permit. This is evidenced by some of the questions which were asked, rumoured to include (rough translations):
Where do you work?
How do you know about the event?
How much are you getting paid?
When was the last time you entered the country?
Why don’t you call or write anymore?
A band that was playing at the BooshKaBaash music festival was taken into the police station, along with the stage managers and organisers of the event.
The cops took photos of certain people, got phone numbers and looked at passports. Allegedly, some people were scrutinized much more intensely than others
The night before, an indoor venue in Shanghai was raided with cops in blue uniforms and officers in black uniforms who looked an awful lot like a SWAT team. Pretty extreme considering a student band had finished playing around 20 minutes before they came in and took the foreign musicians in for questioning.
Metal Postcard speculates that, “Shanghai authorities have decided that western musicians might be spreading subversive ideas or just encouraging people to listen to and do something a little different.”
BooshKaBaash released the following statement over the weekend:
As some of you may have already heard, last night at Melting Pot there was an incident with the Police. The venue was raided, the expat band on stage taken in for questioning and the Booshkabaash Music Festival shutdown for permit violations. All Booshkabaash events are forthwith canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this. All tickets will be refunded for the full amount.