Rapper Lil Wayne Denied Entry Into UK for Festival Performance

Rapper Lil Wayne will no longer perform at a British music festival on Saturday after he was denied entrance into the United Kingdom.

“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,” Strawberries & Creem festival organizers said.

In December 2020, Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possessing a loaded, gold-plated handgun, facing a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

The UK Home Office said they denied applications for people sentenced to a year or more in jail.

“Any individual who has been sentenced to a custodial sentence of 12 months or more must have their application refused,” a Home Office spokesperson said.

Strawberries & Creem said they received minimal notice about the UK Home Office’s last-minute decision on Lil Wayne’s entry.

“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,” Strawberries & Creem festival organizers said.

Lil Wayne’s performance at the Strawberries & Creem festival would have been his first in the UK in 14 years.

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