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LAFD shuts down Cut Copy -- act redirected to Club Nokia*

March 11, 2009 |  5:57 pm

Following an abbreviated concert after a visit from the fire marshal, concert promoter Goldenvoice has announced that the second night of Cut Copy's two-date stay has been moved from Hollywood's Henry Fonda Theatre to downtown's Club Nokia. The Australian dance act will perform tonight at 9. Additional tickets will be available at the door.

Ticketholders: Don't worry, your original ticket is still valid.

Tipped off by an anonymous phone call, three inspectors from the Los Angeles Fire Department's "nightclub unit" showed up at the Henry Fonda around 11 p.m., said Capt. Philip Ayala. After a quick survey of the theater and lobby, the venue was deemed overcrowded.

A message in an e-mail blast via the band's publicity firm Girlie Action read, "We're very sorry that the show last night was cut short. We were shut down because of capacity issues last night. In order to accommodate everyone tonight, we had to move to a bigger venue."

According to Ayala, the 1,200- to 1,300-capacity theater had packed in 1,609 people, a number he says was arrived at by using mechanical counters. While he notes that the Fonda is "usually a good venue and has been very cooperative," he says the facility will have to plead its case in front of the city attorney, and may be hit with a fine.

The show's promoter, Goldenvoice, did not return calls and emails, and the band's publicist deferred to Cut Copy's management, who have not yet returned calls. When reached via phone, the Fonda's general manager declined to comment.

Cut Copy had already played for about an hour last night and appeared to be nearing the end of its set when the curtain was abruptly dropped and the audience was ushered out of the theater. Also canceled was the after-party presented by the band’s label, Cutters Records, and featuring DJ sets from Cut Copy, Knightlife and Daisy O’Dell.

-- Heather Robertson

Photo: Cut Copy, via the band's MySpace page.

Update: An earlier version of this post stated that Goldenvoice referred inquiries to the band's management. Goldenvoice had not yet responded at the time of posting, and the band's publicist deferred to Cut Copy's management.