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Slowthai’s UK live shows pulled following court appearance on rape charges

By | Published on Thursday 18 May 2023


Slowthai has been dropped from the line-ups of a number of UK festivals and has had some headline shows cancelled after he appeared in court on rape charges earlier this week. A Glastonbury set is among the performances to have now been pulled. However, he is currently still listed as a support act for the first of Blur’s Wembley Stadium shows in July.

Real name Tyron Frampton, the rapper appeared via video link at Oxfordshire Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with assaulting a woman twice in Oxford in September 2021. He was bailed and order to attend another hearing before Oxford Crown Court next month.

In court, Frampton only spoke to confirm his name, address and date of birth. Following the hearing, he issued a statement via social media, saying: “Regarding the allegations being reported about me, I categorically deny the charges”.

“I am innocent and I am confident my name will be cleared”, he continued. “Until then I will apply my energy to ensure this is concluded swiftly and justly. I ask that my supporters don’t comment about this situation and respect the process and privacy of my family during this time”.

By Wednesday afternoon, Slowthai had been quietly dropped from the line-ups of the Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Parklife festivals. His own headline shows due to take place in Glasgow, Manchester, London and Birmingham in September were also pulled. Shows in mainland Europe earlier in September remain on sale.

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