So, is the owner of the venue bluffing? Or was this story fabricated by the Morrissey camp in an effort to drum up some pre-tour buzz?
Owner of 'cannibalistic' Icelandic venue says Morrissey never asked them to go meat-free - NME.com
Singer claimed Rekyjavik venue has a "flesh-eating bloodlust"; venue owner says a show was never formally scheduled
Commenting on the controversy, Halldór Guðmundsson from the Harpa Concert Hall said that he was never asked about the issue of serving meat during negotiations with the gig promoter – and that a date for the show had not even been confirmed.
"We were never asked about anything," Guðmundsson said. "I was never asked to speak to the restaurants here about whether they would serve meat on the night of the gig. There was no contract or anything. The date mentioned to us was towards the end of March. It's totally his decision, but it was strange for us to read about it on the internet before we were asked about it."
Lisa Hanson, general manager and co-owner of the concert's promoters, RR, backed up Guðmundsson's claim that a date was not agreed and that no discussions about food had taken place.
"We were just starting to look at venues for him and we thought this one [Harpa Concert Hall] would be good," she said. The restaurant there is three floors up on the other side of the venue, it's not like they sell hamburgers right outside. He said he didn't want to play there and we said 'fine'. It was never a date. It was never booked."
- TTY statement: Iceland - Feb. 2, 2015