AKERCOCKE will play Belfast tonight despite protests from Christian groups and a strong police presence at the Belfast show.
The impending release of U.K. death metal country gents AKERCOCKE's latest album "Antichrist" caused so much uproar amongst Northern Ireland's religious community that the band appeared on BBC Northern Ireland on Wednesday night.
"Nolan Live" is BBC Northern Ireland's flagship topical affairs series. It is presented by double Royal Television Society Award winner Stephen Nolan, who also hosts a daily radio show on BBC Radio Ulster and a weekend slot on BBC Five Live.
As the title suggests, the show is a late-night 60 minute live program, transmitted on BBC Northern Ireland television from 22.40 to 23.40 on a Wednesday night (also available on digital television). It is totally interactive thereby allowing viewers to e-mail, text and call the show live — they will also be able to pose questions to Stephen and the studio guests.
The overtly satanic content contained within "Antichrist" and the band's previous albums, specifically "Rape of the Bastard Nazerene", has come under attack by religious forces, leading to the band's vocalist Jason Mendonca and drummer David Gray having a head-to-head live TV debate that aired on BBC1's "Nolan Live" show. View a clip of Wednesday night's show on YouTube.
According to sources in Belfast, there are Christian protestors outside the venue now and police are demanding to see AKERCOCKE lyrics before letting them go on stage tonight.
The band is determined to play and tickets for shows are now limited as the Irish metal community responds with support for AKERCOCKE.
Jason will appear on Totalrock radio on Monday morning 11.30am to tell people about his thoughts on the BBC programs.