UPDATE: Allison Weiss has since announced she will be touring with Rob Lynch. Front Porch Step will not be taking part in the tour.
Allison Weiss has announced she is pulling out of her forthcoming UK tour supporting Rob Lynch and Front Porch Step.
Weiss has cited recent allegations made against Jake McElfresh of Front Porch Step as the reason for pulling out of the shows which take place later this month.
The indie-pop singer-songwriter made the following comment:
“Due to the recent allegations made against Jake McElfresh of Front Porch Step, I have decided I will not be touring with him this month in the UK. Whether the shows will happen without him or not is yet to be determined. I promise to post any updates here on Facebook as more information becomes available.”
In recent days various online sources have reported Jake McElfresh of Front Porch Step has been talking to underage girls, sending them explicit text messages and sexually harassing them. McElfresh has comment on the allegations:
“I am aware of the serious allegations and sensational things being posted on the internet about me and my personal life. While this is personally difficult to experience, I am taking the appropriate, meaningful, and objective steps to address the severity of these things and the horrendous words being used. I would truly hope that others who have or will propagate these serious allegations will do the same.”
The allegations has led to a online petition to have McElfresh removed from this summers Vans Warped Tour. Whilst Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has stated he will be looking into the issue.
At the time of writing Front Porch Step’s debut UK tour is scheduled to begin later this month.
Thu 22 Joiners, Southampton
Fri 23 Gwdihw, Cardiff
Sat 24 Borderline, London
Sun 25 Start & Garter, Manchester
Mon 26 Red Room, Nottingham
Tues 27 Audio, Glasgow
Wed 28 Think Tank, Newcastle
Thu 29 Key Club Leeds
Fri 30 Asylym, Birmingham
Sat 31 All Saints Church, Kingston