Lil Wayne has reportedly been ‘denied entry to the UK’ due to ‘extreme circumstances’.
In a statement to the publication, the Home Office said: “Any individual who has been sentenced to a custodial sentence of 12 months or more must have their application refused.”
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It’s believed the 39-year-old’s application was ‘refused’ because of his prior convictions.
Organisers of the Strawberries & Creem Festival have released a statement on its website.
It reads: “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.
“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.”
Lil Wayne will be replaced by fellow rapper Ludacris, who will take to the stage with an ‘exclusive set’.
Heartbroken fans have taken to social media to express their disappointment at the news, with one writing: “Lil Wayne isn’t allowed in [the] UK so been cancelled Saturday. [The] only reason I wanted to go [to the] festival, be right back, just crying.”
A second demanded a refund, saying: “The only reason I was going to the Strawberries & Creem Festival was to see my all-time favourite @liltunechi [Lil Wayne] who is no longer attending for reasons that could have probably been avoided. I want a refund @sandcfestival.
“Absolute joke, telling us three days before the event!”