NO SOLID CREW

A statement has blamed "unprecedented police pressure" - and we want to know what the fans think...

HOMELANDS bosses have asked SO SOLID CREW and OXIDE & NEUTRINO to pull out of the festival.

The organisers made the decision due to “unprecedented police pressure”. Just days ago, Mean Fiddler’s Mick O’Keefe told NME.COM that he was happy with the booking.

In a statement, Mean Fiddler’s Melvin Benn said: “Organisers of the Homelands festival have announced that following unprecedented pressure by police, the event has been forced to ask So Solid Crew and Oxide & Neutrino to withdraw from the bill.”

So Solid’s spokeswoman said: “So Solid Crew are really gutted that they won’t be able to perform live for all their fans, and the supporters of the Homelands festival. They have all worked hard to make sure that their fans, who have supported them from the beginning, would finally be able to see them perform all their hit singles, and their new single’Ride Wid Us’ live. Unfortunately they won’t be able to now, and will miss out on the full So Solid Crew experience, and the amazing stage performance that they had planned.”

Melvin Benn added: “A high profile replacement act will be added to the Homelands bill soon, on what is still the original and best dance Festival of the summer.”

Homelands takes place at WInchester Matterley Bowl on June 1. Confirmed acts include Basement Jaxx, Zero 7 and Roots Manuva.

Did you think So Solid Crew should be allowed to play Homelands?

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