Sheffield festival organisers defend their decision to commission headline artist with history of domestic abuse

A Sheffield venue and event organiser has issued an explanation after backlash towards the inclusion of Tom Meighan in this years Be Reyt festival in Sheffield.

Record Junkee have defended their decision to include the former Kasabian member, who was convicted of domestic abuse towards partner Vikki Ager in 2020.

Fans have initiated an online campaign with the aim of boycotting this years event which is set to take place on the 6 May.

Despite this threat, event organisers and venue Record Junkee defended their decision to include Meighan in a statement issued on social media.

They acknowledged the controversy surrounding the once Kasabian frontman, but expressed their belief in giving “second chances”.

A statement put out by the venue said: “In no way do our companies believe domestic abuse or abuse of any kind is acceptable.

“Nobody should suffer any type of abuse.

“However, we do believe people deserve a second chance.

“It has been brought to our attention that there is a campaign online asking people to boycott our venue because of Tom’s presence. We do not accept that Tom should be cast out of the music community after working hard to better himself.”

Meighan was convicted and sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work in 2020, and has since married Ager and also attended rehab.

He has also been selected to appear at numerous other music events up and down the country, which Record Junkie point out in their explanation.

“We will continue to support a diverse range of acts and styles as we have always done and we will look forward to welcoming you to our venue for this event and many more events to come.”

The festival is set to go ahead on the 6 May.

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