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Alesha Dixon pulls out of anti-EU music festival

NO PERFORMANCE: Alesha Dixon

A BIRMINGHAM musical festival organised by anti-EU campaigners has suffered a second setback after former Mis-Teeq singer Alesha Dixon pulled out of the event, it has been reported.

Brexit Presents Bpoplive at Birmingham’s NEC Arena is scheduled for June 19 and is organised by the UKIP-affiliated Leave.EU campaign.

The line up advertised includes iconic family act Sister Sledge alongside 90s British boyband 5ive, who reportedly pulled out this morning according to reports in The Mirror.

In a statement to Buzzfeed, a spokesperson for the singer explained that the her involvement in the show had been innocent and that she was unaware of the politicised nature: “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.


DUE TO PERFORM: Sister Sledge

“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.”

There is no immediate confirmation if Sister Sledge will go ahead and perform. According to their official website there is no mention of a Birmingham performance on the proposed date.

The We Are Family singers are scheduled for two dates in next month, including a US performance on June 2 and a Glasgow show on June 26.

The Birmingham NEC arena has an 18,000 capacity and organisers run the risk of being liable for the costs incurred if they fail to sell tickets currently priced at £23 each.

The show originally scheduled for May is reported to have suffered a number of setbacks hence the date so close to the historic referendum that will inform whether Britain remains within the European Union on June 23.

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