Slowthai removed from Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds line-ups following rape charge

Slowthai is due to appear at Oxford Crown Court on June 15 (Ian West/PA) (PA Archive)
Slowthai is due to appear at Oxford Crown Court on June 15 (Ian West/PA) (PA Archive)

Slowthai has been removed from both Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds festival line-ups following two charges of rape.

The Grammy-nominated rapper, whose real name is Tyron Frampton, was charged with two counts of rape earlier this week, and appeared at Oxford Magistrates Court via video-link yesterday.

Slowthai spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

The 28-year-old was set to perform at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, Parklife and Reading and Leeds Festival, but has been removed from the bill of both festivals.

Neither Glastonbury nor Reading and Leeds have made any official announcements about the changes to their line-ups. Slowthai has yet to comment on the line-up changes.

The rapper had previously appeared in the Glastonbury line-up poster below Royal Blood and next to Sparks but has since disappeared from the bill, with the festival putting Sparks in the space Slowthai occupied. He is also no longer listed on Glastonbury’s website.

Slowthai was scheduled to perform at Reading and Leeds Festival on the Main Stage West in Reading on Saturday August 26 and Sunday August 27 in Leeds. He has since disappeared from the line-up on the festivals’ website.

He is still listed as performing at Wembley Arena this summer, supporting Blur at the opening of their string of Wembley Stadium shows.

Following his court appearance, Slowthai was bailed and is due to appear before Oxford Crown Court next month.

The rapper is yet to enter a plea, but posted a statement on his social media accounts denying any wrongdoing. He said in his statement: “I categorically deny the charges. I am innocent and I am confident that my name will be cleared.

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

Slowthai rose to fame with his 2019 debut album Nothing Great About Britain, and would go on to receive a Mercury Prize nomination. His song My High, a collaboration with Disclosure and Aminé, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2021, and his album Tyron topped the UK charts the same year.

His most recent album UGLY, which came out earlier this year, was met with critical acclaim and reached number two in the UK Albums Chart, with many lauding it as his strongest project yet. The rapper promoted his latest project with a pub tour in various locations across the UK, with tickets costing £1.