- By Paul Glynn
- entertainment reporter
British rapper Slowthai’s name has been removed from official queue posters for this year’s Glastonbury Festival, as well as Reading and Leeds, after he was accused of rape.
The rapper posted online to say he “unequivocally denies the allegations”.
He is scheduled to appear before Oxford Crown Court on June 15.
Writing on Instagram, Slowthai said: “Regarding the allegations reported against me. I categorically deny the allegations. I am innocent and I believe my name will be cleared.
“Until then, I will use my energy to make sure this is over quickly and fairly.”
He added: “I ask my supporters not to comment on this situation and to respect my family’s process and privacy during this time.”
Slowthai appeared before Oxford Magistrates Court via video link from his home in Northampton on Tuesday, speaking only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.
The Grammy-nominated rapper was originally scheduled to perform at Worthy Farm between June 21 and 25, but that now appears to be in doubt.
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He will also appear on Main Stage West in Reading on August 26, before playing the Yorkshire leg of the festival the following day.
Neither Glastonbury, Reading nor Leeds have commented on his name being removed from their squads.
Who is slowthai?
The Northampton-born star came out with his politically-themed 2019 debut album, Nothing Great About Britain, which was nominated for a Mercury Prize.
At the awards ceremony, its author caused the biggest shock of the night when he held up an effigy of then Prime Minister Boris Johnson while performing Doorman – a song about the gap between rich and poor in Britain today. grand.
Speaking to the BBC, he explained the song, like the rest of his album, aims to give voice to “people from small communities that have been forgotten”.
“It’s time to let everyone in,” he said. “All the people, the lower class, the middle class and even the upper class people find their life difficult.”
Slowthai was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 2021 Grammy Awards, for My High – a collaboration with Disclosure and Aminé. The same year, his second album, Tyron, topped the UK charts.
Having previously appeared on a Gorillaz track, Slowthai was signed up to open Damon Albarn’s other band Blur at Wembley Stadium in July.