A gig by heavy metal group Napalm Death at London's Victoria and Albert Museum has been called off over fears the loud music will damage the historic building.

The band was due to play at the prestigious venue on Friday (22Mar13) as part of an event arranged by the museum's artist in residence Keith Harrison, but bosses have now axed the show over safety fears.

A statement from bosses of the Victoria and Albert Museum reads, "It is with regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the one-off Napalm Death performance in collaboration with our ceramic artist in residence Keith Harrison on Friday 22 March. 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 V&A is committed to an exciting programme of exhibitions and events but the safety of our visitors and building remains our priority at all times."

The special gig would have incorporated special ceramic sculptures based on the area where the artist grew up and Napalm Death frontman Mark 'Barney' Greenway previously said of the collaboration, "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...

"On a personal level, particularly of interest to me is the fact that the sculptor Keith grew up around the very same area as me in Great Barr, Birmingham (in England), and basing his sculptures around the tower blocks in that area brings back a lot of quirky memories mixed with the impressions of shameful deprivation in some of those places."