Three months after being released from prison in Sweden, A$AP Rocky has revealed his plans to return to Stockholm, where he was convicted of assault earlier this year.
After serving a month in Kronoberg Remand Prison, the musician, born Rakim Mayers, has scheduled an upcoming show at Stockholm’s iconic Ericsson Globe arena.
According to Swedish news outlet The Local, a representative of Live Nation Sweden confirmed the concert would take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in a statement made on Friday.
An excerpt from the announcement read: “After tremendous support from Swedish fans, [A$AP Rocky] returns to Stockholm for a long-awaited gig for all [of] his supporters.”View link »
Rocky was interested in performing for inmates at Kronoberg prison, but Sweden’s prison board shut down that idea. Vilhelm Grevik of Sweden’s Prison and Probation Service cited logistical and security issues, per AP News.
Mayers, 31, was arrested on July 3, along with two associates, after they reportedly got into a street brawl with 19-year-old Stockholm man Mustafa Jafari.
The rapper pleaded not guilty during the four-day trial — which began on July 30 — saying he acted in self-defence when Jafari and another man would not leave him and his associates alone.
The court found A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in the street brawl, saying he and his two bodyguards “assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him as he lay on the ground.”
The court said the defendants “were not in a situation” in which they were entitled to self-defence.
As a result, the three defendants, including Mayers, were “convicted of assault and sentenced to conditional sentences.”
The three face no prison sentence in Sweden unless they commit a similar offence in the country again.
The defendants were released on Aug. 2 pending a verdict in their case. All three returned to the U.S. and were not legally obligated to be present in Stockholm.View link »
A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales at the rapper’s concert will go to a Swedish non-profit organization called the Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups.
Mayers, according to Pitchfork, will be supported by a number of currently unannounced Swedish musical guests.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
— With files from Katie Scott