Sigma pull out of gig organised by anti-EU group

Bpoplive will take place at Birmingham's Genting Arena on May 8

An arena pop concert organised by a leading anti-EU group has been thrown into chaos after headliners Sigma pulled out and other acts on the bill distanced themselves from the organisers message.

Bpoplive is an event organised by Leave.EU and will take place at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on May 8, ahead of the UK referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union on June 23.

A press release describes the festival as featuring “some of Britain’s hottest artists as well as speeches from leading personalities and politicians who support leaving the EU”, with drum’n’bass duo Sigma, Electric Swing Circus and DJ Luck and MC Neat on the bill.

However, spokespeople for all three acts have distanced themselves from the event’s ideological stance in statements given to Buzzfeed News.

A spokesperson for Sigma said that the act “are in no way supporting the event”, while their management stated that they would no longer participate in the event.

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Electric Swing Circus member Tom Hyland, meanwhile, said that his band “are not pro-Brexit” and “as a group… are generally pro EU”.

A press representative for DJ Luck and MC Neat said that they “didn’t even know it was about that to be honest” when asked by Buzzfeed News about the event.

Reports also claim that Bpoplive have advertised singer Ella Eyre as performing but that her spokesperson confirmed that “she isn’t playing and never confirmed”. Rumours that Pixie Lott would play the event have also been denied by her publicist.

A Leave.EU spokesperson has since denied that the concert was an anti-EU event and said that there “was a miscommunication between us and the people putting it on”.

The campaign group have said that speakers and artists of all political persuasions would be invited: “The idea came from a thing in the states organised by MTV called Rock the Vote, with the message in between the acts, in the same way the BBC does Children in Need.”

See more information on the event here.