Artists blindsided by Dizzee Rascal’s existence at Rhythm and Vines

An artist accomplishing at Rhythm and Vines suggests most neighborhood artists had been blindsided by Dizzee Rascal’s existence in the tunes festival’s line-up.

Whilst competition sponsor Vodafone will be eliminating all its branding from the stage during his functionality, tickets for the Gisborne festival, which ordinarily sells out, are nevertheless up for grabs immediately after a backlash in excess of the rapper’s physical appearance.

Previously this year, Dizzee Rascal was presented a 12-thirty day period restraining get for assaulting his ex-associate.

An artist executing in the competition, who RNZ has agreed not to title, mentioned artists ended up not knowledgeable of Dizzee’s attendance in advance.

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“When the entire line-up received declared with us on it, that is when we observed who else was in the line-up.”

It sounded like the organisers did know about it [Dizzee Rascal’s convictions] when they booked him, she mentioned.

“That was kinda shitty. You come to feel bizarre selling you on the line-up mainly because we didn’t agree to that.”

She stated most artists doing on the competition were being fearful of becoming “blacklisted” if they resolved to discuss up about the presence of the rapper in the line-up.

Dizzee Rascal was given a 12-month restraining order for assaulting his ex-partner.

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Dizzee Rascal was specified a 12-month restraining purchase for assaulting his ex-partner.

Nearby artists labored really hard to get the place to execute and required the income to endure, she claimed.

“I think specifically if you are beginning out and you are not an artist with a substantial system [and] you really don’t see other artists with that massive subsequent being vocal about this things, then what’s the place of us declaring nearly anything?”

Vocal artists would show up as if they wanted to result in trouble, she explained.

Musician Lydia Cole mentioned figures of females and non-binary men and women did not engage in the nearby new music enterprise since of unsafe males.

“They repel us out of rooms, off stages, away from studios, for the reason that we can not deal with their shit, and they refuse to own it.”

“You can’t shut us up any longer,” she reported on her social media. “And your awards, your humanitarian affiliations, your revenue, your favourable PR, your accolades, your hurt regulate, they are meaningless.”


In a public social media put up, the advocacy team Beneath the Glass Ceiling reported no 1 need to have to concern dropping their career for talking up with their issues.

“We also want to highlight the difficult place they [the organisers] place other artists and the workers powering the scenes in.

“Those who are upset they are sharing the phase with a perpetrator but not able to converse up for concern of dropping their location and/or their livelihood,” the post reported.

Dizzee Rascal is also envisioned to conduct at Golden Lights and Golden Rush, festivals hosted in Waihi, Auckland and Christchurch.

This week, numerous artists were being dropped from the festivals’ line-ups.

Via a statement, the organisers of Golden Lights and Golden Hurry said due to output restrictions, the scaled-down dance phase had been eradicated.

“Therefore, we have experienced to revise the Gold Rush and Golden Lights festival lineup which has led to the removing of some functions, with all functions paid out their total efficiency expenses regardless.”

It reported there was a blend of male, woman and duo acts afflicted by the move.

Dizzee Rascal performing at Copper Box Arena in London, England, in 2016.

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Dizzee Rascal carrying out at Copper Box Arena in London, England, in 2016.

‘He achieved the visa requirements’

Advocate groups have been asking Immigration New Zealand how the rapper was allowed to arrive to the state though struggling with charges.

By way of a statement, Immigration New Zealand explained Dizzee Rascal satisfied the prerequisites to be granted a visa to the nation.

It said Dylan Kwabena Mills, the rapper’s authentic name, utilized for a customer visa on 19 December.

Immigration New Zealand mentioned the rapper provided all the applicable information and facts demanded to his software, such as info about his convictions.

Dizzee Rascal was granted a visitor visa three days just after his application, on the 22 December.