July 23, 2013 15:41

Cockrock festival organisers seek legal advice following Wiley performance

Grime MC performed for just 15 minutes of his allotted time during headline slot at Cockermouth event

Cockrock festival organisers seek legal advice following Wiley performance
Organisers of Cumbria's Cockrock Festival are to seek legal advice after Wiley performed for just 15 of the 45 minutes he was due to play at the event last weekend.

The grime MC criticised the Cockermouth festival and those attending the event, labelling them "pagans", after he was booed off stage last weekend (July 20). He later bragged about earning £15,000 for a quarter of an hour's work on Twitter. However, festival organiser Marie Whitehead has confirmed that she is seeking advice on what to do about the performance. "We are dealing with 250 contracts for the event, so I'm not sure what the position is but we will be getting legal advice on what happened," Whitehead told The Sun. "It is very disappointing as it would appear he did not fulfil his contract and was supposed to play for 45 minutes."

Wiley was booked to perform at the festival on Saturday alongside acts such as The Cribs and Reverend and The Makers. However, similar to an incident earlier this year at Glastonbury, Wiley tried to cancel the performance before he took to the stage, posting a series of messages about the festival on Twitter. Early on in the day, Wiley expressed his unhappiness at having to travel by car to Cumbria and wrote: "Please stop sending me to farms to perform please mate. I am a yardie man."

Wiley had a busy weekend of festival performances with his Cockrock appearance happening between appearances at Lovebox in London and Access All Eirias in Colwyn Bay, Wales. The MC claims he earned £60,000 in total for the three shows.

Wiley previously explained his Twitter rant against Glastonbury Festival, after which he left the site before his scheduled appearance there on June 29, claiming he believes the festival is too interested in making lots of money.

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