Sidhu Moose Wala Deemed A “Public Safety Risk” Dropped From Metro Vancouver’s 5X Festival


One of the biggest events of the Punjabi music calender in Canada’s Vancouver has just broken the news that Sidhu Moose Wala will no longer be performing due to him being classed as a ‘public safety risk’. Are people forgetting music is entertainment and not real life?

Sidhu Moose Wala has courted controversy ever since he debuted on the scene, some have said his lyrics are provocative, and it seems that Vancouver has bowed to peer pressure and removed him from this event. The full statement is below:

ਮੈਟਰੋ ਵੈਨਕੂਵਰ ‘ਚ ਕਰਵਾਏ ਜਾ ਰਹੇ 5X Festival ‘ਚ ਗਾਇਕ ਸਿੱਧੂ ਮੂਸੇ ਆਲੇ ਨੇ ਗਾਉਣ ਆਉਣਾ ਸੀ ਪਰ ਸਰੀ ਦੀ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਨੇ ਉਸਨੂੰ “ਜਨਤਕ ਸੁਰੱਖਿਆ ਲਈ ਖਤਰਾ” ਦੱਸ ਕੇ ਗਾਉਣ ਤੋਂ ਮਨਾ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਹੈ।

ਪੁਲਿਸ ਨੇ ਇਸ ਸਬੰਧੀ ਸਮਾਗਮ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧਕ ”ਵੈਨਕੂਵਰ ਇੰਟਰਨੈਸ਼ਨਲ ਭੰਗੜਾ ਕੰਪੀਟੀਸ਼ਨ (VIBC)” ਤੱਕ ਪਹੁੰਚ ਕੀਤੀ ਸੀ ਤੇ ਉਹ ਮੂਸੇ ਆਲੇ ਦਾ ਨਾਮ ਲਿਸਟ ‘ਚੋਂ ਕੱਢਣ ਲਈ ਮੰਨ ਗਏ।

ਜਿਹੜਾ ਕੰਮ ਸਾਡੇ ਲੋਕ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰ ਸਕੇ, ਉਹ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਕਰਨਾ ਪਿਆ।

– ਗੁਰਪ੍ਰੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਹੋਤਾ

Popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala will no longer be performing at Metro Vancouver’s 5X Festival this week because Surrey RCMP says he is a “public safety risk.”

Moose Wala — who is known for fusing hip-hop and Punjabi beats — was scheduled to take the stage at the South Asian music, art, film, and fashion event in Surrey.

“The Surrey RCMP have deemed Sidhu a public safety risk and asked that he be removed from the festival,” said Tarun Nayar, Executive Director at Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration (VIBC).

Although we disagree with their conclusion, public safety is always our number one priority, and we have agreed to remove Sidhu from our lineup in order to focus on producing another great 5X Festival.”



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