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Dorset Band Turn Down Gig At Bahrain Grand Prix

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10:03am 23rd March 2014

A Dorset band has refused to perform at the Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain over concerns about human rights violations.

Magic Drum Orchestra received a booking enquiry from the Bahrain International Circuit.

Glyn Bush, of Magic Drum Orchestra, said "playing in Bahrain would have been our first international performance, but we felt that pursuing the offer to play would be taking the side of a repressive regime instead of supporting the people. We urge other musicians, drivers and racing fans to take a stand for democracy and human rights by boycotting the event".

Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, said "We are very grateful to Magic Drum Orchestra for choosing to stand with the Bahrain people in opposition to the Bahrain Formula One. Every year, the race brings bloodshed and cruelty. Villages are put in lock down, mass arrests are made, and international journalists who step outside the F1 bubble are arrested and deported. We hope others follow Magic Drum Orchestra's honorable decision and boycott the race."

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