Ten Walls’ Homophobic Comments Lead To Festival Cancellations


Ten Walls, responsible for last years cross-over hit Walking With Elephants, has had a number of summer festival bookings cancelled following his homophobic facebook outburst. Creamfields, Sónar, Urban Art Forms Festival, PITCH, and Pukkelpop, have all decided to pull booked appearences from the Lithuanian star in reponse to a bizarre and unpleasant facebook post, that included the DJ – real name Marijus Adomaitis – fondly remembering ‘the good 90s…" when  "these people of different breed (ie, gays) where fixed." The post, translated by online news source Gay Star News, also featured Adomaitis musing-

"I remember producing music for one Lithuanian musician, who tried to wash my brain that I don’t need to be so conservative and intolerant about them."

"When I asked him “what would you do if you realized that your 16-year-old son’s browny (anus) is ripped by his boyfriend?” Well he was silent."

The post has since been removed from the DJs page, and a half assed apology quickly thrown up – but, apparently, it seems that apologising for suggesting gay people should be 'fixed' is far too little far too late, and the backlash has been instant. 

According to Resident Advisor, Creamfields issued a statement saying: "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." PITCH explained: "We are against any form of discrimination whatsoever, on and off our festival site. Comments like these are so far from our beliefs that it wouldn’t make any sense to have this act playing our festival." A Sónar statement read: "Ten Walls will no longer be appearing at Sónar 2015 as his statements are at odds with the nature and ethos of the festival." 

As things pass from bad to worse for Adomaitis, he has also been dropped by his UK bookers, the powerful Coda Agency, who have issued the following statement:

"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 We no longer represent Ten Walls."

Meanwhile, the Ten Walls Discogs page has already been under attack, with his photo replaced with a shot of gay porn, and his biography re-written to include the controversy. At this stage Adomaitis has annouced that he is pulling all shows, with a post appearing a few hours ago on his facebook page reading 

"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. 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."