Calls to axe Snoop Dogg Derry concert

Calls to axe Snoop Dogg Derry concert

American rapper Snoop Dogg's upcoming concert in Londonderry has sparked controversy with abuse campaigners calling for it to be pulled.

The superstar is set to perform to 10,000 people at Ebrington Square in the city for what will be his first time in Northern Ireland.The 23 October show is part of the artist's Snoopadelic European tour and tickets go on sale this weekend.However, because of how the hip-hop singer refers to women and violence in his music there have been calls for the event to be axed.Foyle Women's Aid said the lyrics used by the controversial Californian demean women.Marie Brown, from the organisation, said: "We have very high rates of domestic violence in Northern Ireland."There is an actual shortage of bed spaces for women suffering domestic abuse and this is the type of person we are inviting in."In 2007, the 42-year-old musician, had a work visa refused to allow him to tour the UK following arrests on suspicion of drugs offences.Marie added: "Is it in keeping with what we want in our city? From a Women's Aid perspective, no it's not."The lyrics are demeaning, they objectify women and he has a history with drugs. Is this really what we want?"The concert promoters, however, say the show will provide a boost to Derry.In a statement, Legacy Promotions said: "There's no doubt Snoop Dogg is one of the biggest names in the world of music."With 10,000 people attending the event it'll bring a massive boost to the local economy especially for the like of hotels, pubs and restaurants."

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