The British rapper slowthai, real name Tyron Frampton, appeared in court yesterday on two charges of rape of raping a woman in 2021. As NME points out, a number of major UK festivals, including Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds, appear to have removed his name from posters. The rapper has also been removed from Manchester’s Parklife festival. None of the festivals have made official statements regarding the changes to their lineups.
slowthai was released on bail ahead of a scheduled appearance in Oxford crown court on June 16. The artist denied the charges in a statement on Tuesday, writing: “i am innocent and i am confident my name will be cleared. 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.”
slowthai’s upcoming dates include a show supporting Blur at London’s Wembley Stadium in July.