By DAVID SCOTT
HUNDREDS of neo-Nazis are expected to gather in Scotland for one of the biggest secret music gigs to be held in the UK for years.
US band Bound for Glory have been linked to a concert expected to take place this year in Edinburgh.
They are one of the most established groups on the Nazi music scene and campaigners say the gig could attract up to 700 far-right sympathisers from countries such as Germany.
The venue for the event – expected to be held on Saturday, October 22 ? is as yet unknown, but a poster temporarily released on Facebook shows tickets being sold in advance for £30.
Anti-fascist activists said it was “standard practice” for the gig’s location to be kept secret to avoid the concert being shut down by protesters, or even the venue owners, who are often kept in the dark about the nature of the event.
Nick Lowles, director of Hope Not Hate – the campaign group who uncovered the upcoming gig – said it would be the biggest neo-Nazi music gathering to ever take place in Scotland.
It will be the biggest Nazi gig in Britain for quite some time and certainly in Scotland
He said: “Bound for Glory is probably the biggest US Nazi band. Their lyrics and song titles have a close association with Hitler’s Nazis. The idea of 600-700 Nazis in Edinburgh should be a concern.
“I certainly think there’s a real law and order problem, because the vast majority of people are going to be coming in from outside the area.”
He added: “It will be the biggest Nazi gig in Britain for quite some time and certainly in Scotland. It’s for the authorities to decide if they want that to happen.
“Part of the reason we blew the whistle on this so early was to allow the authorities to stop the band coming into the UK.
“As soon as the venue is confirmed, the council can put pressure on it. We would urge Edinburgh Council to put whatever pressure they can on the venue to stop the gig.”
Bound for Glory were formed in 1989 in Minnesota. The group’s original vocalist, Erik Banks, was shot and killed in Portland, Oregon, in 1993.
Police Scotland said they were not aware of the upcoming concert, with a spokesman adding: “Should it take place we will ensure there’s appropriate resources in place.”
A council spokesman added: “We are unaware of this event but will liaise with Police Scotland.”