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Stabbing causes cancellation of BBC 1Xtra event

BBC 1Xtra Live was stopped mid-event following the assault of rapper Krept, who was attending the concert as a guest

By Anna Grace on 07 Oct 2019

Krept (left) and Konan


image © Universal Music Group

A BBC Radio 1Xtra Live event at Arena Birmingham (15,800-cap.) was halted on Saturday night (5 October) after rapper Krept, real name Casyo Johnson, was the victim of a knife attack backstage.

The victim, one half of the duo Krept and Konan, was not billed to perform at the event, which is hosted each year by urban radio station BBC 1Xtra.

Wizkid, Ms Banks and French Montana were among those due to perform at the NEC Group-owned arena on Saturday. The concert was halted shortly after a surprise performance from London rapper AJ Tracey.

Police issued a statement saying the rapper had “sustained a slash wound during an assault at around 10 p.m.” Onsite medical staff attended to the injury, with no hospital treatment needed. The rapper tweeted on Sunday confirming his safety.

“We are upset and saddened that something like this should happen to a guest at one of our events and we remain in close contact and continue to offer our full support”

“Following an isolated serious incident, we have had to stop 1Xtra Live in Birmingham. We are co-operating fully with the police to establish what has happened,” reads a statement from the BBC.

“We’re sorry to everyone who attended 1Xtra Live in Birmingham for the early finish; however, the health and safety of everyone involved is always our top priority. We are upset and saddened that something like this should happen to a guest at one of our events and we remain in close contact and continue to offer our full support.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

BBC Radio 1Xtra’s annual live event, which takes place in a different UK city each year, has seen performances by acts including Jorja Smith, Pusha T, Chance the Rapper, Stormzy, Stefflon Don, Craig David and Mary J Blige.

 


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