NewsFebruary 17, 2024 6:18 AM ET12,280 views

Mindforce show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn shut down mid-show by NYC Department of Buildings

Mindforce NYC DOB

Todd Pollock

Last night's Mindforce show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York with Balmora, Godskinpeeler, xNOMADx, Discontent, and Gigan Animal Thugs (first show) came to an abrupt end as the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) shut down the event before Mindforce could perform. 

The show's promoter LIHCshows left a message on social media addressing the situation and questioned the timing of NYC DOB's intervention:


I didn't want to not say something about the Mindforce gig so here ya go.. 

Without saying too much, yes the show was shut down by DOB [Department of Buildings] - not a fire marshal and not NYPD

If you work construction you know how miserable dealing with DOB can be 

Please do not take any frustrations out on the venue. 

To me - it seemed like a personal vendetta + attack on the venue. DOB just doesn't show up at 8 pm on a Friday 

We're potentially trying to figure out a make up date so give us until next week to figure out what's going on instead of DMing Me, Mindforce or the venue about refunds when the show was shut down not even a hour ago 

I'm sorry to Mindforce that they didn't get to play 

I'm sorry to y'all who came out tonight to see Mindforce 

And finally I'm sorry to Saint Vitus that they have to deal with this BS 

The show was shut down during Balmora's set as seen at minute 13 in the video below.

A document obtained from shows the nature of the bureaucratic discrepancies levied against the bar from the NYC Department of Buildings. 

The complaint outlines a few issues, such as the absence of maximum occupancy signs, potential overcapacity, an outdated Certificate of Occupancy, and operating without a Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation (PACO).

The complaint reads:

As of Friday, September 22, 2023 the following are facts about 1120 Manhattan Avenue know to the public as Saint Vitus Bar: 1) Saint Vitus Bar does not have any maximum occupancy signs posted anywhere, and more often than not they host more people than their allotted maximum capacity. 2) Saint Vitus Bar's most recent Certificate of Occupancy on file with the Department of Buildings does not allow it to operate as an eating/drinking establishment. There is no other Certificate of Occupancy or Letter of No Objection that supersedes their Certificate of Occupancy dated November 12, 1953. 3) Saint Vitus Bar is currently operating without a Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation (PACO). 4) Saint Vitus Bar was issued summons (see ECB Violation # 39090715Z) for ALTERED/CHANGE BUILDING OCCUPIED WITHOUT A VALID C OF O AS PER 28-118.3.1- 28-118.1-2. They have paid the penalty but have not corrected the situation. I will continue to make this complaint on a daily basis until either the Department of Buildings performs an inspection or until Saint Vitus Bar can remedy their situation.

The violation was ultimately served by the NYC Department of Buildings last night, Friday, February 16th, resulting in the shutdown of the show. 

Nevertheless, LIHCshows has assured attendees that they are exploring options to potentially reschedule the event. Ticketholders are encouraged to await further updates and hold off on refund requests for the time being. 

Follow LIHCshows on Instagram for further details on that rain check.




Tonight, February 17th, Mindforce will play another LIHCshows joint in Queens, NY at TV Eye with Inclination, Simulakra, Scarab, Godskinpeeler, and Dimension Six


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