CockRock fee row rapper Wiley might do free gig in Cumbria
Last updated at 11:46, Thursday, 01 August 2013
Rapper Wiley has said he won’t return the money he was paid to perform at Cockrock – but he might return to the county and play next year free of charge.
The Londoner is being sued by festival organisers after walking off to boos after just 15 minutes, then posting a series of insults on Twitter, attacking the festival and calling Cumbrians “witch’s children”, “pagans” and “cretins”.
In a statement, he claimed he left the stage because the crowd became “dangerous” and threw coins and glass bottles at him. But Marie Whitehead, of cnevents, which ran the festival, rejected the claim, saying it was a glass-free event.
Wiley has said he is “obviously” not giving the money back, but in a fresh Twitter posting last night he said: “The best I can do is play for you next year for free. @CockRock”.
The best I can do is play for you next year for free. @CockRock .— Wiley (@WileyUpdates) July 31, 2013
Before the event, Wiley posted tweets complaining about having to travel to Cumbria but said they were directed at his agent.
He said he doesn’t want people to think he hates Cumbria.
“When I went on I knew some people were going to be unhappy,” he said. “The escalation on Twitter is uncontrollable.
“The woman who was looking after us said; ‘if it gets too much, come off’. After 15 minutes I looked at the floor and it was covered in coins. Any one of those coins could have taken my eye out.”
He said pagan was “just a word”. “It’s a London thing,” he said. “I don’t want them to think I hate Cumbria.”
He said if he could turn back time, he would not have used Twitter to complain to his agent about travel plans to the festival.
“Now I know once you’re an artist, you’re in the public eye, basically you’re a slave,” he said.
“You have to do what they say and the second you don’t, they’re upset.”
Ms Whitehead said the organisers were suing for breach of contract.
“We intend to sue for the fee he was paid and for lost ticket sales linked to the tweets Wiley posted saying he wouldn’t come to the festival,” she said.
“There was no glass thrown – there was no glass in the entire festival.
“I was on stage and I would have known if any glass was thrown because it was our job to protect both the artists, my team and any other staff.”
The rapper claimed he was paid £15,000 – which cnevents said was an exaggeration. His Twitter account is followed by more than 350,000 people.
First published at 11:37, Thursday, 01 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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If that Plank wants ME to see him perform, he'll need to pay me FOUR TIMES AS MUCH as he got for appearing at Cockrock!
I think Observer is being a tad provocative here and should not generalise the denizens of an entire county with his/her ironic spikes. Wiley breached his contract, insulted us en masse and now makes an unwanted offer to return? How magnanimous. Sue him and then ignore him.
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