Five And Alesha Dixon Pull Out Of Birmingham Brexit Gig
24 May 2016, 18:49
Alesha Dixon's the latest artist to pull out of a gig in Birmingham after finding out it was a political rally.
Both she and Five say they didn't know they would be perform alongside people speaking about leaving the EU.
The gig at the Genting Arena is days before the EU referendum. Five and Alesha say they have no political allegiances either way.
It is a further blow to the concert, which has already been hit by a number of line-up changes as acts discovered its political nature.
Drum 'n' bass act Sigma pulled out and told Buzzfeed they are "in no way supporting the event'' when asked if they are in favour of Britain voting to leave the EU.
In a statement her management said: "When Alesha was approached to perform at this event it was on the understanding that this was a multi artist pop concert in a fantastic venue in the heart of the UK and Alesha would be there purely as an entertainer.
"It has now come to light that this is more of a political rally with entertainment included and we have decided to withdraw Alesha from the event.
"We wish to apologise to any fans who may have purchased tickets for this event. I would like to make it clear that Alesha has no political allegiances either way on this issue.''
In a statement Five said: "When Rich and Scott agreed to play the event they understood that it was a pop concert funded by one of the Brexit organisations and not a political rally.
"As it has come to light that this is more of a political rally with entertainment included they have both decided to cancel their involvement.
"They would like to make it clear that as a band Five has no political allegiances or opinions for either side. Their allegiance is first and foremost to their fans.''