News

Band cancels Splendour show after sexual assault claims

Melbourne band The Football Club.
Melbourne band The Football Club.

A RISING young Melbourne band has pulled out of the Splendour In the Grass festival after sexual assault claims were posted on social media.

The folk punk band The Football Club have suspended all touring and other activities as they deny unsubstantiated claims against frontwoman Ruby Markwell, which were circulated on social media over the weekend.

The quartet won a Triple J Unearthed competition to perform at Splendour.

The ABC youth broadcaster's social media channels were lobbied by protesters to drop them from the bill after announcing they won the Unearthed competition last week.

Unearthed confirmed the band's decision to withdraw as their guitarist Leah Romero announced she had quit.

"In light of the recent allegations I have decided to no longer continue with The Football Club," Romero posted on Facebook.

"These allegations are incredibly serious and though have been vehemently denied, I will still be departing from the band.

"I believe that Ruby and everyone involved need to focus on resolving this situation through the appropriate channels, and that the band comes completely secondary to this.

"I will be donating 100% of my part of royalties and earnings from the band to The Royal Womens Hospital Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA House), who give support to victims of sexual assault."

Markwell, who is transgender, announced the band had been put on hold via the band's Facebook page before midday on Monday.

"Hi, it's Ruby here. In light of recent events, for the time being, all future Football Club plans are put on hold," she wrote.

"We won't be performing at Splendour In the Grass. We were absolutely thrilled to be invited and would like to thank Splendour, and Triple J Unearthed for the opportunity.

"I strongly deny these allegations, and will be dealing with them through the appropriate channels."

Triple J Unearthed's Facebook page had many people protesting that the website had ignored messages posted "months ago" alerting them to the unsubstantiated allegations of physical and emotional abuse.

The site hosts unsigned bands, with dozens of their discoveries then gaining wider exposure via the Triple J network.

"This page has required moderation over the past few days to remove potentially defamatory posts, including criminal accusations. It has not been moderated with the intention of silencing commentary: this issue is incredibly complex, and we have heard and listened to the complaints made," they posted in an official statement.

Before Markwell's personal post on the band's page, an official statement from The Football Club acknowledged the publishing of "untrue and defamatory statements."

"These statements are without any foundation, designed to cause harm to the reputation of The Football Club and its members, and The Football Club absolutely deny them," they stated.

"As a victim of sexual assault, Ruby and the band find these claims horrifying in nature, and completely untrue in content.

"The band has worked tirelessly to be a voice for the LGBTQI community and for victims of sexual assault, and feel that these statements are an unjustified and unfair attempt to undermine their positive work. We're pursuing these matters through official channels currently."

Both the Football Club and Unearthed urged victims of assault to seek support and advice through services listed on http://www.sass.org.au/directory/

News Corp Australia

Topics:  northern rivers entertainment splendour2017 splendour in the grass splendour in the grass 2017 the football club



Aussie titles on home turf

HOME BOY: Matt Hurworth of   Cabarita Boardriders will compete in this weekend's Australian Surf Festival on his home break.

Top surfing showdown at Cabarita

Fan's dream becomes reality with secret Potty gig

RIGHT TO THE FRONT DOOR: Singer/songwriter Mark Wilkinson will play a gig at a Pottsville fan's home in August.

Singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson to play secret Pottsville gig

NCEIA Dolphin Awards looking for the best of 2017

NEVER TOO LATE: Ivan Perger, 66, received his first NCEIA Dolphin Award in the folk category in 2014.

Entries to the North Coast music awards are now open

Local Partners

The Block's family home rescue mission

RENO show's new concept – relocating and restoring crumbling heritage homes – proves its biggest challenge to date.

Angelina Jolie 4.0: Is anyone buying this?

Angelina Jolie, master media manipulator, is back.

Love The Bachelor and a feminist? Sorry, you can't be both

These 22 women trying to win Matty's heart... but at what cost? (Pic: Channel 10)

Tans will be sprayed. Roses will be distributed. Tears will be shed.

New indie folk fest launching social awareness

The Heart Collectors, Reuben Loire, Kymrie Henge, Mobius Barnaby and Tristan DaFoe

New folk music and wellness festival for Tyalgum

George RR Martin: Sixth book won't be out this year

Emilia Clarke returns as Daenerys Targaryen in the seventh season of Game of Thrones, which premieres only on Foxtel on July 17.

“I am still working on it, I am still months away..."

Mum spotted on Google Earth 18 months after death

A woman has spotted her mother on Google Earth - she died in 2015

What's on the big screen this week

A scene from the movie War for the Planet of the Apes.

AN ACTION franchise comes to its epic conclusion.

Hearty food for cold nights

Boneless lamb shoulder roast with crushed kipflers.

RECIPES: Two tasty lamb dishes to try this winter

How one man made more than $20m in a land deal

Varsity Lakes

Sale, with GST added, shows as a $26.4 million transaction

Oasis in Oxley Cove estate

14 Midship Court, Banora Point

Check out this week's feature property.

Tenant: Let me rent, I'll fix your property and pay for it

Noosaville tenant Tony Conyers thought his tenancy was guaranteed until 2035, so he spent his own money on the property. Now he's been told he may not be able to stay for even one more year.

Renter spent $30k on maintaining, improving property over 17 years