Tasmanian punks Luca Brasi have taken to Facebook to call out an unidentified male who was allegedly groping female punters at their recent Sydney show. Their post comes just weeks after Spiderbait were forced to make a similar statement.
“Firstly these shows have been absolutely ridiculous and amazing and we’re totally blown away and humbled, thankyou all so much,” Luca Brasi wrote. “Unfortunately an incident in Sydney last night has completely overshadowed this positivity.”
“Two good mates of ours were left distraught after a certain piece of s**t male in the audience decided that their bodies were his property in the pit.”
“We play shows because we love it, people come to these shows to enjoy the music, everyone has the right to be safe and other people’s bodies ARE NOT YOUR PROPERTY,” the band’s missive, which you can read via Facebook, continues.
“Completely and utterly horrified and dismayed, if you want to come to see us play, keep your hands to your fucking self, it is NOT HARD TO DO. If you believe it is your right as a male to do as you please, you are NOT WELCOME HERE.”
After the post went live, several fans of the group took to the comments section to share their own experience at the performance, with one punter writing, “I got barrier last night and had to deal with a few dudes like this.”
“One dude felt so obligated he told me off after the show because I said no to him trying to hold me and ‘help me out’ even though I said very explicitly no means no and to back off.” The band responded with an apology and a thank-you for the punter’s support.
Earlier this month, Australian music veterans Spiderbait took to their official Facebook page to shame one of their own punters for their “awful and disgusting behaviour” after he allegedly urinated on a woman during one of their Melbourne gigs.
The band took to social media to announce that they “will stop at nothing to find this creep”, adding, “We would really like to find this offensive, urinating f***stick. Does anyone out there know him?”
Sadly, female punters being groped and even assaulted at gigs is not a new occurrence. Recent months have seen several Aussie bands call out male concertgoers for groping or acting aggressively towards female punters, including High Tension and Camp Cope.