Last weekend Duke Dumont’s fans denied him one of the core values of the dance music community: respect. So much so, that he left the stage early during this Union Hall show in Canada. He stopped playing mid-track and announced that members of the audience were spitting and throwing drinks on him from above.
He was extremely apologetic to the audience and took notice to the fact that they had paid good money to be there that night, but he does not get paid enough to be spit on. Nobody gets paid enough to be spit on or disrespected while doing their art.
He did ask for whoever committed the act it to come down and show themselves. If they were brave enough to spit, they were brave enough to come down. No one showed their face.
Promoters and the venue showed their respect for his decision after the show. Blueprint Alberta posted on their Facebook that they stood behind his decision 100%.
Some people would say that spitting on someone is the highest form of disrespect. It seems that people sometimes forget what DJs and performers are doing. They are putting themselves and their work out there for others to enjoy. Though some people may not appreciate the hard work, that does not give anyone the right to treat them with such disrespect.
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