Rapper Slowthai removed from Glastonbury and other festival line-ups after rape charges

The rapper Slowthai has been removed from the line-ups of several music festivals after he was charged with two counts of rape.

The British rapper, 28, was scheduled to appear at major festivals this summer including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and Parklife in Manchester.

But his name has been removed from their line-ups in recent days.

However, he is still billed to appear as Blur’s support act for their 8 July concert at Wembley.

Tickets for shows on Slowthai’s “Ugly World Tour” in September were still available on Wednesday for dates in Manchester, London and Birmingham.

The Forbidden Fruit festival in Dublin also still lists Slowthai as one of the headline acts on Sunday 4 June.

None of the festivals or Slowthai’s representatives returned Sky News’s requests for comments.

The rapper, whose real name is Tyron Frampton, was bailed at Oxfordshire Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, and will next appear at Oxford Crown Court on 15 June.

He has “categorically” denied the charges and said he is “confident” his name will be cleared.

Slowthai performs at the Reading Music Festival in 2021
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Slowthai performs at the Reading festival in 2021

He wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday: “Regarding the allegations being reported about me. I categorically deny the charges.

“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 was nominated for a Grammy award in 2021 and a Mercury prize in 2019.

He has also won gongs at the NME Awards and UK Music Video Awards.

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