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


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.

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haha, Daisy O'Dell is awful as a DJ. The LAFD did the after-party attendees a favor. Don't believe me? Listen to her sets on internet outfit Little Radio, abominable mixing and beat selection.


Thank you for the well written article, which both serves that band's many fans as well as the life safety concerns of Los Angeles Firefighters.

With some of our nation's deadliest conflagrations happening in the blink of an eye at such venues:

- Rhythm Nightclub
- Cocoanut Grove
- Beverly Hills Supper Club
- Happy Land Social Club
- E2 Nightclub

...to name but a few, the LAFD remains committed to seeing that all persons involved in the oversight of entertainment venues uphold their part of the bargain.

Again, thank you for covering an important issue. While our Inspectors drew no pleasure from closing the concert, we're really pleased to know that everyone exited alive.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department


hey. i'm cut copy's management. nobody called, so therefore couldn't comment. Please get your facts straight.

and know that this issue had nothing to do with the band, and everyone worked really hard to make sure everyone who bought a ticket could see the band on night 2. If anyone was disappointed I'm truly sorry.

Hi Neil,

I was referred by Girlie Action to Rachel at your company and I contacted her yesterday morning. It's unfortunate that I was unable to speak with either of you before this blog was posted, but I would be happy to speak with you now to update this post, if needed.

Thank you,
Heather Robertson

@BoingBoing: what is your problem? DJ Daisy is a fine DJ that actually knows music and how to spin it in a tasteful and entertaining manner. She's definitely better than DJ Knightlife, who was having all sorts of issues keeping a beat. You are a classless buffoon with some sort of personal problem with Daisy. Either you're jealous of her gigs or just mad that she won't go out with you. Pathetic.

The after-party actually did happen at Club Nokia and it was fun as hell.

@BoingBoing - TheRegulator is right. You are either jealous or rejected. Let's see you on any good shows like Cut Copy. Obviously they had her spin because they like her! You know what they say, those who can't do... bitch on blog comments. Waa waa waa


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