Krept and Konan tour on hold after knife attack
Krept, real name Casyo Johnson, the rapper who was stabbed backstage at a BBC Radio 1Xtra event, has postponed upcoming UK tour dates after receiving medical advice.
The rapper, one half of duo Krept and Konan, was due to embark on a seven-night run of shows in November at Stylus in Leeds (1,200-cap.), Manchester’s Albert Hall (2,290-cap.), Nottingham’s Rock City (2,000-cap.), O2 Academy Bristol (1,650-cap.) and Birmingham (3,000-cap.), Glasgow’s SWG3 (5,000-cap.) and the Olympia Theatre (1,240-cap.) in Dublin.
“I need to make a full recovery because on tour it gets wild and what we have planned requires 100% strength”
The rap duo will now perform the dates in January, with all original tickets remaining valid. A show at London’s 20,000-capacity O2 Arena will go ahead as planned on Thursday 5 December.
Referencing “complications” with his leg, Krept told fans that the seven back-to-back November shows were “not physically possible”.
“I need to make a full recovery because you know on tour it gets wild and what we have planned requires 100% strength,” reads a post on social media.
Investigations into the stabbing are ongoing. No arrests have been made so far.
Stabbing causes cancellation of BBC 1Xtra event
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.
Stabbings at Roddy Ricch concert in London
Three men were stabbed after a fight broke out during a Roddy Ricch concert at Electric Brixton (1,789-cap.) in south London last night.
Police and paramedics were called to the venue at 10.30 p.m. after three men in their twenties suffered knife wounds at the concert. The men were taken to hospital and released following treatment.
The violence broke out at the end of Ricch’s set. The rapper has spoken out about the “unfortunate event”, saying that “I send prayers to the people who were involved in any difficult situation last night.” Ricch states he had no involvement with the incident.
An Electric Brixton spokesperson comments: “Electric Brixton has never experienced an incident like this in its history because we pride ourselves on our stringent and rigorous security procedures.
“Electric Brixton has never experienced an incident like this in its history”
“The safety of our guests is paramount and as such, wand searches and body searches are used by security personnel before entry; these processes are in accordance with police guidelines.
“We will work with the authorities to examine what happened and if new measures need to be put in place,” adds the spokesperson.
Knife crime continues to be a serious issue across London and the UK, with a 45.7% average increase in knife-related offences in 34 English and Welsh counties since 2010.
Four stabbed in brawl at London garage festival
Four men have been injured in a fight in the VIP area of a garage music festival in London.
Paramedics were called to Garage Nation Festival, held in Hainault Forest in north-east London, on Saturday evening, where they treated four people for non-life-threatening “stab and slash injuries”, say police.
Three men, one aged 22 (dubbed ‘Victim 1’ by police), one aged 26 (Victim 2) and a third adult male (Victim 3) were taken to an east London. Victim 3 has since left hospital, and a fourth, Victim 4, was treated at the scene but left prior to police arrival, according to the Metropolitan police.
A video posted by Twitter account London 999 Feed appears to show footage of the incident:
BREAKING: We have received footage of violent scenes of disorder at the #GarageNation music festival at the Hainault Forest Country Club. Please note that this footage has already been forwarded to the Met Police @MetCC pic.twitter.com/fX8hr1dHg2
— London 999 (@999London) July 1, 2018
Following the incident, a group of male suspects were seen to run out of the VIP area towards the main entrance, police add.
Detective constable Samantha Handley, of the Metropolitan police’s east area command unit CID, says: “We are working with the festival organisers to identify those involved in this incident. I would urge anyone who was at the event, specifically in and around the VIP area at 7.30pm, and who saw this incident or the events either side of this incident, to contact police.
“I would also appeal directly to the fourth person who was treated by medics but left prior to police arrival to contact officers – he may have information that could prove vital to progressing this investigation.”
Garage Nation 2018, organised by UK company Festivus Group, was headlined by Artful Dodger and Heartless Crew.
It is unclear how patrons were able to get knives into the event. IQ has contacted Festivus, which has not yet responded to the incident, for comment.
Stabbed concertgoer settles with MCD
One of the many people who suffered injuries at the infamous Swedish House Mafia concert in Phoenix Park, Dublin, in 2012 has settled his claim for damages against the promoter of the event.
Dubliner Niall Davey sued Denis Desmond’s MCD Productions, as well as event management company Diffusion Events and security firms Swords Risk Services, Eventsec and Michael N. Slattery & Associates, for €60,000 in damages after being beaten and stabbed at the chaotic 7 July concert, at which a total of nine people were stabbed in a number of seemingly random, unprovoked attacks.
Davey’s barrister, Suzanne Walsh, did not disclose the terms of the settlement, which was made jointly with all defendants.
Irish prime minister (taoiseach) Enda Kenny described the events of the 7 July as “absolutely disgraceful, appalling and simply scandalous”. He also opined, like many others before and since, that the attacks may have been influenced by “the sort of music” played by progressive house act Swedish House Mafia.
One of the perpetrators, 24-year-old Raymond Donnan, was jailed for four years in 2014. At Donnan’s trial, a judge heard how the concert was “poorly marshalled”, particularly in relation to non-confiscation of alcohol.