San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival has only been around since 2008–it’s just a pup on the summer music festival scene.
So naturally something new and bizarre happens every year. This year, it was an act getting cancelled after the music was caught in a police bust.
The Chronicle reported on Sunday morning that Fantastic Negrito’s set was canceled after the musician and two other men were arrested and detained a little after noon for illegally reselling festival wristbands.
The musician, whose real name is Xavier Dphrepaulezz, was slotted to perform on the festival’s Panhandle stage at 2:55pm before he was arrested along with Fantastic Negrito intern John Beckmeyer and friend Alistair Monroe.
Per the Chronicle’s story:
The police said officers received a tip that the men had listed wristbands for sale on Craigslist and were attempting to sell them on the corner of 25th Avenue and Fulton Street. When police stopped them at noon Saturday, Dphrepaulezz and Monroe denied they were involved in the wristband sale. Both men told The Chronicle that Beckmeyer confessed to illegally selling one wristband.
Whether he was the culprit or not, it makes for a disappointing weekend for Dphrepaulezz. Prior to his big break this past year winning the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest he was playing in BART stations for tips from commuters. You have to imagine that the chance to play across Golden Gate Park from the likes of Ben Harper and Kendrick Lamar could have done wonders for his music career.
Outside Lands promoters had not been reached for comment at the time the Chronicle article came out.
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