Upcoming Ten Walls Appearances Cancelled
Sónar, Pukkelpop, and Creamfields are among the many cancellations following the Lithuanian atist's anti-gay Facebook post.
Following on from an anti-gay Facebook post Marijus Adomaitis (a.k.a. Ten Walls) made from his personal account on June 3, at least five festivals have cancelled upcoming performances by the Lithuanian artist including Creamfields, Pukkelpop, Urban Art Forms Festival, PITCH, and Sónar—as reported by Resident Advisor. UK house artist Fort Romeau has also pulled out from an upcoming slot supporting Ten Walls at London’s Koko club and in a Facebook post stated: “While cancelling one gig is hardly going to change the world, it does stand as a personal rejection of bigotry, fear and intolerance.”
The post by Ten Walls—which was picked up and shared socially by Gay Star News—made a number of derogatory comments towards homosexuals, including calling them a different “breed” and that in “the good 90s… these people of different breed where fixed.” The post was removed shortly after and followed by an apology on his Facebook page claiming that he “needs a break” from music and that he cancelled his upcoming shows. “Last week I wrote a Facebook post that was wrong and completely out of character and the result was a badly written post that was unacceptable,” he wrote. “It was never my intention to offend anyone. I’m really saddened by everything that has happened and I would like to apologise to everyone I’ve let down, especially to my friends in the gay community, and my fans. I now need to take a break and have cancelled my upcoming shows.”
Phonica Records has also cancelled pre-orders of his upcoming record Sparta, stating “We wont be stocking this record anymore due to Mario Basanov aka Ten Walls’ homophobic comments over the weekend”, says the store. “If you have pre-ordered it, your pre-order has been cancelled and money refunded.” Adomaitis’ former bookers, Coda Music Agency, announced they would also be dropping him explaining “Coda Music Agency condemns all forms of discrimination based on race, religion or sexual orientation. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and to represent a hugely diverse roster of artists. We no longer represent Ten Walls.”