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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 September, 2004, 07:05 GMT 08:05 UK
Reggae concert banned over lyrics
Buju Banton - picture courtesy of reggaephotos.com
Police say there is a "likelihood of public disorder"
Jamaican dancehall singer Buju Banton has been banned from playing a concert in Manchester after protests over his allegedly homophobic lyrics.

The reggae artist was due to perform at the Bierkeller in Piccadilly on Thursday night.

Greater Manchester Police cancelled the gig as previous performances "suggest a likelihood of public disorder".

A spokesman for the Bierkeller venue said: "We're just here to put on gigs. We don't get involved in the politics."

Police in London banned a concert by dancehall star Beenie Man in June, due to "concerns for public safety" and after talks with Scotland Yard officers.

We're just here to put on gigs. We don't get involved in the politics
The Bierkeller, Manchester
A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Intelligence gathered about previous appearances of the artist and the implications of his previous performances suggest a likelihood of public disorder and the potential for disruption at his performances.

"Taking into account this intelligence and concerns from various agencies and community groups, the performance has been cancelled.

"Greater Manchester Police accepts the right to public freedom of expression but does not encourage anything which could cause possible hate or dissension within any community."

The force's city centre safe team worked with Manchester City Council and licensed premises in the city centre before making the decision.

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