Slowthai’s 2023 Australia and New Zealand tour, including a stop at Splendor In The Grass, appears to have been cancelled.
The British rapper was scheduled to perform on Friday at Splendor in the Grass. However, the festival seems to have removed Slowthai’s name from its line-up on its official websiteas Music feeds notes. The festival has not released an official announcement about this line-up change. NME has contacted Splendor In The Grass for comment.
In addition, the rapper was scheduled to perform a series of headlines in Australia and New Zealand. All the shows – which would have seen him perform in Auckland, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne – appear to be off, according to their respective official ticket sites. While most ticket sites for the shows are now unavailable, this one is Adelaide website reveals that the scheduled July 20 show has been canceled.
NME has contacted tour operators Handsome Tours, Laneway Presents and Astral People for comment.
This comes after the rapper, real name Tyron Frampton, was charged with two counts of rape in the UK earlier this month. He appeared at Oxfordshire Magistrates Court on 16 May and was charged with oral and vaginal penetration of a woman without her consent in Oxford in September 2021.
The rapper was not physically present in court, but appeared only via video link. He is next due to appear at Oxford Crown Court in June for a hearing. He has yet to press charges but has denied wrongdoing on social media.
— TYRON (@slowthai) 16 May 2023
“Regarding the allegations being reported about me. I categorically deny the allegations. I am innocent and confident that my name will be cleared. Until then, I will devote my energies to ensuring that this is brought to a swift and just conclusion,” he wrote.
He added: “I am asking my supporters not to comment on this situation and to respect my family’s process and privacy at this time.”
Slowthai were also quietly removed from the Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds festivals’ respective line-ups. Both festivals have yet to publicly comment on his removal or announce a replacement act.
Slowthai most recently released his third album ‘UGLY’ in March.