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Mexican metal festival cancelled due to safety concerns

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Mar 09, 2014 | 10:22am EDT

A Mexican music festival set to feature Kiss, Twisted Sister and Guns 'N Roses has been cancelled over safety concerns. The Hell and Heaven Metal Fest was due to take place at a fairground in Texcoco, close to Mexico City, next weekend (15-16Mar14) and was expected to attract 70,000 to 80,000 fans with 50 acts slated to perform. But officials have scrapped the event, claiming organisers did not have adequate safety plans and as such could put attendees at risk. A representative for the Mexican state government reveals they shut down the festival because "safety conditions for potential concert-goers were not ensured" and cited a lack of fire safety and evacuation plans, as well as inadequate planning for fireworks. However, some reports suggest the axe had little to do with crowd control and more with the kinds of people the metal gigs would attract. Juan Carlos Guerrero, a spokesman for the event organisers, says, "I don't know if this is discrimination against the metal community, I couldn't prove that's the case, but there are some things that make you wonder, and one is that massive 'grupero' (Mexico folk music) concerts have been held in Texcoco, with as many as 200,000 people." As of Sunday (09Mar14) all three headline bands still had the event listed on their tour schedules.

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