Frank Turner to male fans harassing women in crowd: “Fuck off and never come to any of my shows again”

Frank Turner

We at Substream have been in the corner of Frank Turner for a long time now—hell, he was even on the cover of Substream #47—but his new blog post really makes us swoon for the English folk troubadour even more.

On May 13, Turner played a solo acoustic show at the Electric in Brixton, UK, performing England Keep My Bones in its entirety. Upon returning home, he found his inbox full of emails from women in attendance at the gig who said they had been sexually harassed by men in the crowd. Now Turner has never been shy to speak out, so that’s exactly what he did via a May 15 blog post. In it, he writes:

“Raising awareness of this kind of behaviour strikes me as important. I want my shows (and, I’d hope, others too) to be welcoming places, where everyone can relax, enjoy themselves, be part of the show, make friends. As a man, I don’t have direct experience of being on the receiving end of sexually inappropriate behaviour at shows. In fact, I find it almost impossible to conceive that it happens – I would never, ever behave like that to a woman in any context, and I like to think none of my friends would either. So I suppose the first person whose awareness needs raising is mine.

It’s actually really fucking dumb that I have to spell this out, but if you’re the kind of guy who has ever behaved like that towards a woman in any context, I’d like you to do two things: firstly, just be a fucking human, consider yourself in the other person’s shoes, ask yourself if you could defend your actions if publicly called out in front of your friends, your family, the whole crowd. And secondly, if that first part didn’t work, I’d like you to fuck off and never come to any of my shows again.

Seriously. The idea of this shit happening in my crowd, at my shows, makes me feel enraged. People like that are not welcome at my shows. If it happens to anyone again, please try and alert me, or one of my band or crew, or the bouncers. These fuckers need shaming. There is no possible excuse, including alcohol.”

Turner closed his missive by plugging Girls Against and Safe Gigs For Women, two organizations dedicated to fighting back against sexual assault and focused on creating safer, more inclusive spaces for women at concerts. We encourage you to get involved with those organizations or any others geographically closer to you, because no one should ever feel unsafe at a show.

Frank Turner is headed back to the U.S. this week for a series of tours with Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello and more. Dates:

w/Two Cow Garage, the Homeless Gospel Choir
Sat 21 May 2016 Dallas TX Elm Street Music & Tattoo Festival
Sun 22 May 2016 Little Rock AR The Metroplex
Mon 23 May 2016 Columbia MO The Blue Note
Tue 24 May 2016 Des Moines IA Woolys
Thu 26 May 2016 Grand Rapids MI The Intersection
Fri 27 May 2016 Columbus OH Newport Music Hall
Sat 28 May 2016 Louisville KY Mercury Ballroom
Sun 29 May 2016 Knoxville TN The Concourse
Tue 31 May 2016 Memphis TN New Daisy Theater

w/Gogol Bordello
Wed 01 June 2016 Oklahoma City OK Diamond Ballroom
Fri 03 June 2016 San Antonio TX The Aztec Theater
04-05 Jun 2016 Houston TX Free Press Summer Festival
Sun 05 June 2016 New Orleans LA The Joy Theater
Mon 06 June 2016 Mobile AL The Soul Kitchen
Tue 07 June 2016 Birmingham AL Iron City
Thu 09 June 2016 St Petersburg FL Jannus Live
Fri 10 June 2016 Ft Lauderdale FL Revolution
Sat 11 June 2016 Orlando FL Beacham Theater
Sun 12 June 2016 Atlanta GA The Tabernacle

w/Jason Isbell
Tue 14 Jun 2016 Cincinnati OH The Taft Theatre
Wed 15 Jun 2016 Cincinnati OH The Taft Theatre
Thu 16 Jun 2016 Buffalo NY Canalside Concerts (no Jason Isbell)
Fri 17 Jun 2016 Philadelphia PA Penn’s Landing (with Chris Stapleton)
Sat 18 Jun 2016 Columbia MD Merriweather Post Pavillion (with Chris Stapleton)
Sun 19 Jun 2016 Gilford NH Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion
Tue 21 Jun 2016 Richmond VA Altria Theatre
Wed 22 Jun 2016 Norfolk VA Chrysler Hall

Fri 29 Jul 2016 Chicago IL Lollapalooza Festival

w/Flogging Molly, Chuck Ragan
Sun 31 Jul 2016 Portland OR Oregon Zoo Amphitheater (no Chuck Ragan)
Mon 01 Aug 2016 Seattle WA Showbox SoDo (no Chuck Ragan)
Wed 03 Aug 2016 Oakland CA Fox Theatre
Thu 04 Aug 2016 Paso Robles CA Vina Robles Amphitheater
Fri 05 Aug 2016 Santa Ana CA Observatory (no Flogging Molly or Chuck Ragan)
Sat 06 Aug 2016 San Diego CA CalCoast Credit Union Open Air
Mon 08 Aug 2016 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
Tue 09 Aug 2016 Papillion NE Sum Tur Amphitheater
Wed 10 Aug 2016 Minneapolis MN Cabooze Plaza
Fri 12 Aug 2016 Whites Creek TN Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
Sat 13 Aug 2016 Detroit MI Freedom Hill Amphitheater
Sun 14 Aug 2016 Cleveland OH Jacob’s Pavilion
Tue 16 Aug 2016 Portland ME Maine State Pier
Thu 18 Aug 2016 Wallingford CT Toyota Oakdale
Fri 19 Aug 2016 Brooklyn NY Coney Island Amphitheater
Sat 20 Aug 2016 Asbury Park NJ Stone Pony Outdoor