DJ’s homophobic rant prompts festival backlash

DJ Ten Walls has been axed from several festival line-ups after a homophobic rant on social media.

The warped tirade, which denounced tolerance and compared homosexuality to paedophilia, was posted on the Lituanian DJ’s Facebook page last week.

Subsequently, Ten Walls – real name Marijus Adomaitis – removed the post and replaced it with an apology, but not before he was axed from several festival line-ups including Sonar Festival, who tweeted: “Ten Walls will no longer be appearing at Sónar 2015 as his statements are at odds with the nature and ethos of the festival.”

Fort Romeau also cancelled a forthcoming gig while Creamfields, Urban Art Forms and Pitch festival also cancelled the DJ’s slots. Ten Walls’ management also decided, along with Pukkelpop organisers, to cancel his performance at the Belgian festival.

Ten Walls’ apology read: “I want to apologize for the former post in my account. I am really sorry about its insulting content which does not reflect my true opinion. I hope this misunderstanding will not provoke any more thoughts and opinions. Peace.”

A statement from Creamfields read: “Whilst we respect freedom of speech, we find his defamatory and prejudiced comments about the gay community extremely offensive and feel that this is not in line with the spirit of Creamfields or an opinion that we support.”

One from Pitch said: “We want to make very clear that Pitch is a festival for everyone, and we are against any form of discrimination whatsoever, on and off our festival site.”

Ten Walls had a top ten single Walking With Elephants last year.