Ian Brown has stepped down as a headliner for this year's Neighbourhood Weekender festival over COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
Ian Brown, who has frequently voiced his anti-vaccination views since the pandemic began last year, has revealed he will no longer be headlining Neighbourhood Weekender 2021.
He wrote on Twitter, "My Saturday night headline show at NHBD Weekender Festival will now not happen! I refuse to accept vaccination proof as condition of entry. Refunds are available!"
My Saturday night headline show at NHBD Weekender Festival will now not happen! I refuse to accept vaccination proof as condition of entry.Refunds are available! X— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) March 3, 2021
The festival announced yesterday (3 March) that it will now take place at Warrington's Victoria Park from 3-5 September, and shared a lineup that replaced Ian Brown with James.
Brown's latest anti-vaccination comment follows last week's tweets which saw him refer to vaccine passports as "stinking badges". In another tweet, he also urged festival promoters to not use vaccine passports, writing, "Dont help to usher in the new nazi normal."
Certificate Of Vaccination IDentification aka vaccine passport,We dont need no stinking badges!— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) February 27, 2021
To all festival promoters: Please do not collaborate with SAGE/ GOVT re vaccine passports for entry. Dont help to usher in the new nazi normal— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) February 27, 2021
Brown also revealed last week that he will "NEVER sing to a crowd who must be vaccinated as a condition of attendance".
I will NEVER sing to a crowd who must be vaccinated as a condition of attendance. NEVER EVER!— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) February 26, 2021
On the Neighbourhood Weekender site, there's currently no information that confirms if attendees will need a COVID-19 vaccination to enter.