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Tyler, The Creator returns to the UK after ban lifted, but has first show back cancelled

By | Published on Monday 20 May 2019

Tyler, The Creator returned to the UK this weekend for the first time since being banned from the country in 2015. However, a London live show to celebrate was cancelled after too many people turned up.

The rapper was banned from Britain at the behest of then Home Secretary Theresa May. “The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds”, said a spokesperson for the UK’s Home Office at the time.

Tyler’s manager, Christian Clancy, countered that the ban had been put in place due to lyrics he wrote “six or seven years” earlier that no longer represented him as an artist. It was also pointed out that, up until that point, he’d performed in the UK numerous times without issue.

Still, the ban stayed in place. It’s not exactly clear when it was lifted, but Tyler posted a video of himself outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday, later announcing that he would be appearing at the Bussey Building in Peckham that afternoon. However, when hundreds of people turned up hoping to get into the impromptu show, the performance was cancelled.

The rapper initially claimed on social media that the “cops cancelled it”, but the Metropolitan police said that while officers had been present, it was the venue’s decision not to go ahead with the show.

Tyler, The Creator released new album, ‘Igor’, last week. From it, this is ‘Earfquake’: