Lil Wayne Denied U.K. Entry Ahead of Strawberries and Creem Festival
“Due to extreme circumstances beyond our control or influence, we are very sorry to inform you that Lil Wayne is now unable to perform at the festival on Saturday 18th June. In a last-minute decision, the Home Office has refused Lil Wayne entry to the UK. “We are deeply disappointed by this abrupt and negative ruling,” the announcement stated. “We received very little notice, and the timing is of course upsetting to all involved – Lil Wayne’s fans as well as the festival team …..” The team has worked tirelessly to secure a new name for Saturday . We have invited Grammy-winning rapper LUDACRIS to perform a UK EXCLUSIVE set Saturday .
Weezy’s now-canceled gig was supposed to be his first U.K. performance in 14 years, after his 2011 U.K. performances were canceled due to his visa application being rejected by the U.K. Border Agency, which also cited his criminal record. A Home Office spokesperson told Rolling Stone in a statement: “Any individual who has been sentenced to a custodial sentence of 12 months or more must have their application refused.”
The statement could be in reference to when Wayne (real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (stemming from weapons charges in 2007) in December 2020. He was later pardoned by former President Donald Trump on his last full day in office in January 2021.
Strawberries and Creem is offering Saturday ticket-holders a free ticket for Sunday, June 19, or a discount on tickets for next year. The festival also announced that Nigerian alte singer Tems will still headline on Sunday after she postponed three of her own shows this week following her diagnosis of Reflux laryngitis.
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