Lil Wayne has been denied entry into the United Kingdom by the country’s Home Office, according to the Strawberries & Creem Festival.
Lil Wayne was set to headline the Strawberries & Creem Festival on Saturday, June 18, but he was denied entry at the “last minute.” Ludacris will replace him at the top of the lineup.
“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,” festival organizers said. “Lil Wayne has been refused entry to the UK directly by the Home Office in a last minute decision. We are deeply disappointed by this sudden and negative ruling.”
“We have received very minimal notice, and the timing of the decision is of course upsetting for all involved – including Lil Wayne’s fans, as well as the festival team,” they added. “The team have all worked round the clock to secure a huge new name for Saturday too: We have brought in Grammy-winning rapper LUDACRIS to play a UK EXCLUSIVE set on Saturday.”
The festival would have been Wayne’s first gig in the U.K. in 14 years. His 2011 U.K. performances were canceled due to his visa application being rejected by the U.K. Border Agency, which 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.”
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