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UPDATE: Rapper arrested on gang charges now replaced at Surrey’s FVDED music fest in July

Announced Tuesday were two new headliners for July 8, Excision and Rick Ross
Young Thug in a video posted to NPR Music’s YouTube channel in July 2021. (

Planners of Surrey’s FVDED in the Park music festival have some new headliners, now that Grammy-winning American rapper Young Thug has been arrested on gang-related charges.

News reports say the Atlanta-based musician, born Jeffery Lamar Williams, is among 28 people indicted Monday, May 9, in Georgia on street gang charges and conspiracy to violate the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act.

FVDED officials reacted on Instagram Thursday (May 12).

“We are aware of the current situation regarding our Day 1 Headliner Young Thug. As many of you, we heard this news in real time and we are extremely disappointed he will no longer be able to perform at FVDED In The Park this year.

“We are working hard on finding a replacement headliner for Day 1 and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we go through this process. The show will go on at Holland Park!”

RELATED: FVDED music festival to return to Surrey park this summer after 2-year break.

Announced Tuesday were two new headliners for July 8, Excision and Rick Ross, on the Pacific Stage and Northwest Tent, respectively.

After a two-year break, the two-day FVDED will return to Surrey this summer.

In early March, Young Thug and Illenium were announced as headliners of the all-ages concerts, July 8-9 at Holland Park. Other artists on the FVDED bill this year include Don Toliver, Seven Lions, Slander, Yung Lean, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Baby Tate, Cochise, Dom Dolla, Troyboi and many more. Tickets are sold on

FVDED in the Park features hip-hop, R&B and electronic music, typically on July’s second weekend, with tens of thousands of ticketholders in attendance.

In 2021, event organizers had aimed to stage the festival at Holland Park on Sept. 10-11, but those plans were scrubbed due to the pandemic. The 2020 festival was also cancelled.

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