Cockermouth Festival to take legal action against Wiley

25/07/13

Wiley

Cockermouth Rock Festival organisers in Cumbria have confirmed that they will take legal action against Wiley after he walked off stage during his set.

Event organiser Marie Whitehead said that the rapper had "breached his contract" by not completing the performance on Saturday night.

We do know that a lot of people didn't think he was coming
Maire Whitehead
Cockermouth Rock Festival organiser

The rapper left the stage after 15 minutes of a 45-minute performance.

Crowds booed Wiley after he tweeted that he didn't want to perform and hated his agent for booking the set.

Whitehead added that the festival's solicitors were looking at "all angles of the damage" the rapper may have caused.

She said that ticket sales of Saturday's event were lower than last year when Tinchy Stryder performed.

"We do know that a lot of people didn't think he was coming," Marie Whitehead said.

Wiley

Following the event Wiley tweeted that he had earned £15,000 for quarter of an hour's work.

Messages to his 350,000 followers included: "I don't care about anything you any if you have to say your lucky I ain't even came to Cumbria and done 15 mins and took your money."

Newsbeat contacted Wiley's management but they were not willing to make any comment.

Earlier this year Wiley dropped out of playing Glastonbury the day before he was supposed to perform.

The rapper had been due to appear at the Silver Hayes dance arena on Saturday, but posted a series of tweets about how unhappy he was.

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