So Solid Crew dropped from Lovebox days before festival


So Solid Crew

So Solid Crew will not be appearing at this year's Lovebox Festival after being dropped from the line-up.

Organisers of the London event say the decision was "due to circumstances out of our control".

However, in a series of tweets So Solid Crew rapper MC Harvey claimed the band was dropped because of pressure from another act on the line-up.

Sorry to everyone who has brought tickets to see us. Very disappointed we couldn't give you guys a good show
MC Harvey

"Yes #LoveBox is cancelled," he said. "Another artist don't want us on the same stage as them."

The UK garage act had been due to perform at the three-day music event alongside acts including Wiley, Plan B, Tinchy Stryder and US rapper Lil Kim.

"Sorry to everyone who has brought tickets to see us," MC Harvey added.

"Very disappointed we couldn't give you guys a good show."

A statement from the organisers dismissed the rapper's claims about interference from another performer.

So Solid Crew, consisting of dancers, singers, rappers and producers, formed in 1998.

So Solid Crew in 2002
Image caption So Solid Crew won the Brit Award for best British video in 2002

Seen as one of the pioneers of the UK garage scene their hits include Oh No (Sentimental Things), Haters and Ride Wid Us.

Their biggest hit to date was 21 Seconds, which topped the Official Singles Chart in August 2001.

Their most well known members are the group's founder Megaman, Romeo and Lisa Maffia.

The collective also consists of MC Harvey, who was briefly married to Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon.

So Solid Crew tour dates 2013

    • Waterfront, Norwich - 2 October
    • The Institute, Birmingham - 3
    • The Ritz, Manchester - 4
    • The O2, London - 5

Another high profile member is Ashley Walters, who was known as Asher D during his time with the band.

Following their chart success the group's career was marred by a number of controversies.

Asher D was sent to prison in 2002 after being caught with a loaded gun.

He's since enjoyed success in the acting world, appearing in Channel 4's Top Boy and Doctor Who.

Another member, Carl Morgan, was jailed for murder in 2005.

Founding member Megaman spent a year and a half fighting allegations that he'd supported Morgan, but was cleared in 2006.

During the height of their success the group also had to regularly cancel concerts due to the fear of violence at their gigs.

Romeo, Lisa Maffia and Megaman from So Solid Crew
Image caption Romeo, Lisa Maffia and Megaman from So Solid Crew

Shots were fired at a concert featuring So Solid Crew in November 2001.

Although never officially announcing that they had split up, the group was inactive for a number of years.

In January Megaman revealed the band was recording again and had a UK tour planned for October.

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