Belfast rap trio Kneecap to take legal action against government after music funding blocked

A Belfast law firm has announced they will be taking legal action against Business and Trade Secretary, Kemi Badenoch, on behalf of Irish language rap group, Kneecap.

The news follows the west Belfast band’s accusations that the government has made efforts to “silence” them after it blocked a British Phonographic Industry (BPI) funding award.

The trio revealed that they had been blocked from getting a £15,000 grant, which they said was approved by an independent selection board, but was then “overruled” by the government.

Kemi Badenoch’s spokesperson said they did not want to hand taxpayers’ money “to people that oppose the United Kingdom itself”.

Taking to X/Twitter on Friday afternoon, Phoenix Law stated: “We have been instructed by @KNEECAPCEOL in respect of the recent decision by the Sec of State.

“She has today been put on notice that her decision is unlawful, and legal proceedings will follow.”