The V&A was concerned that noise from the heavy rockers would damage the building and the museum cancelled the gig after consulting safety inspectors, according to BBC News.

The band had planned to work with ceramics artist Keith Harrison, V&A’s artists in residence, who had designed a sound system that was designed to disintigrate throughout the gig, named Bustleholme, which was scheduled for this Friday (22 March).

“Sound as a weapon – or a weapon of change – is a very interesting concept and I think that the whole process of our sound gradually degrading clay sculptures is captivating,” said frontman Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway.

A cancellation notice on the V&A’s website reads: “This was due to take place in the Europe Galleries which are currently being refurbished and a further safety inspection has revealed concerns that the high level of decibels generated by the performance would damage the historic fabric of the building.”

“The raw, uncompromising energy of Napalm Death will be used to activate a set of three specially created ceramic sound systems based on the group of vivid blue and yellow tiled tower blocks on the Bustleholme Mill estate, West Bromwich where I was born,” said fellow Brummy and artist Harrison, a fan of Napalm Death’s uncompromising music.

“I wanted to invite Napalm Death to collaborate with me for this live performance at the Museum for the last of a series of Disruptions I have worked on throughout my residency.”

Birmingham-based band Napalm Death, who fuse hardcore punk and death metal and are credited with creating the grindcore genre, were formed in the early eighties and have gone through several line-up changes over the years. The late BBC radio legend John Peel was a supporter of the band.

Main image – Napalm Death performing in 2007 – via Wikipedia