Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Ten Walls dropped after homophobic rant

At least five festivals have removed Ten Walls, AKA Lithuanian musician Marijus Adomaitis, from their lineups in response to his recent anti-gay comments.  Creamfields, PITCH, Pukkelpop, Urban Art Forms Festival and Sónar took the action after a now retracted Facebook post that compared gay people to paedophiles and described the LGBTI community as a "different breed".

Creamfields issued a statement saying: "Whilst we respect freedom of speech, we find his defamatory and prejudiced comments about the gay community extremely offensive and feel that this is not in line with the spirit of Creamfields." Meanwhile PITCH explained: "We are against any form of discrimination whatsoever, on and off our festival site. Comments like these are so far from our beliefs that it wouldn’t make any sense to have this act playing our festiva." and a Sónar statement read: "Ten Walls will no longer be appearing at Sónar 2015 as his statements are at odds with the nature and ethos of the festival." 

Adomaitis's former bookers, Coda Music Agency, have dropped Ten Walls from its roster. A statement from the London-based agency explains: "Coda Music Agency condemns all forms of discrimination based on race, religion or sexual orientation. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and to represent a hugely diverse roster of artists. We no longer represent Ten Walls." Electronic artist Fort Romeau has also cancelled his slot supporting Ten Walls at Koko in London in November.

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