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Slowthai withdraws from Wembley Stadium show after court appearance

Slowthai has withdrawn from a scheduled performance at Wembley Stadium after appearing in court charged with two counts of rape.

The British rapper had been scheduled to appear alongside Britpop band Blur and Self Esteem at the show on July 8.

The 28-year-old, whose real name is Tyron Frampton, was bailed at Oxfordshire Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, and will next appear at Oxford Crown Court on June 15.

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The British rapper had been scheduled to perform alongside Britpop band Blur and Self Esteem at the show on July 8 (PA)

On Friday, a statement from Metropolis Music said: “Metropolis Music confirms that Slowthai has withdrawn from his scheduled performance on July 8th at Wembley Stadium.”

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

“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,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I ask that my supporters don’t comment about this situation and respect the process and privacy of my family during this time.”

His withdrawal from the Wembley Stadium show comes after his name was removed from the line-ups of several major UK festivals.

He had been scheduled to perform at Glastonbury as well as Reading and Leeds this summer.

Earlier this week, the line-ups for the events – which previously listed him as an artist – no longer featured his name.

Slowthai was nominated for a Grammy award in 2021 and a Mercury prize in 2019, and has won gongs at the NME Awards and UK Music Video Awards.