The Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre has come under fire for having a genre bias when it comes to booking talent at their establishment, according members from both the Unified Music Group and Select Music.

The Amity Affliction’s management and booking team have levelled their disappointment at the Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre, after an originally confirmed show at the venue was pulled off the table, due to preconceptions of crowd behaviour and safety claims.

Unified Artist Manager Caleb Williams tells TIO that NEX’s behaviour has judged an entire genre of music fan with this move, despite The Amity Affliction having performed there with no issues in the past.

“It’s disappointing to not be allowed to play a venue the band’s had a great history at over the years,” he said.

“The crowd has always been great and there have never been any serious issues during the band’s shows there. It’s a pity that such a great venue has decide to cast a huge net over an entire genre of music.”

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According to Select Music’s Stephen Wade, the planned Amity Affliction show was cancelled following NEX’s issues with another high tier Australian heavy band.

“We deal with the venue booker and he actually confirmed the show with us,” he explained.