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Stormzy cancels Australian and NZ tour dates; pulls out of Spilt Milk

British rapper has cancelled the Australian and New Zealand legs of his tour and pulled out of his headline appearance at Spilt Milk Festival.

The UK grime sensation was set to appear at the music, food and arts festival in Canberra, Ballarat and the in December, after gigs in Sydney, , Melbourne, , Wellington and Auckland.

But the 29-year-old said he had to cancel due to ‘circumstances outside of his control’, with rising American star Steve Lacy set to replace him at Spilt Milk.   

British rap star Stormzy has cancelled the Australian and New Zealand legs of his tour and pulled out of his headline appearance at Spilt Milk Festival

British rap star Stormzy has cancelled the Australian and New Zealand legs of his tour and pulled out of his headline appearance at Spilt Milk Festival

‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to inform you guys I must cancel international commitments for the remainder of the year, which includes my Australian and New Zealand tour,’ the Vossi Bop star said in a statement.

‘You guys have waited so patiently, and I am so sorry that this has to happen after all these ups and downs.I love you guys and I promise I will be back as soon as I can with a show that’s bigger and https://fifood.beauty/ better than ever.’

The king of British rap, who last week won praise for his seven-minute new release Mel Made Me Do It, originally planned his Heavy is the Head world tour for 2020 but it was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 29-year-old Vossi Bop rapper had to cancel due to 'circumstances outside of his control', with rising American star Steve Lacy (pictured) set to replace him at Spilt Milk

The 29-year-old Vossi Bop rapper had to cancel due to ‘circumstances outside of his control’, with rising American star Steve Lacy (pictured) set to replace him at Spilt Milk

Many Spilt Milk ticketholders have been left devastated by the news, with some questioning why he wasn’t replaced by another rapper.

Steve Lacy found fame as a member of the popular funk and soul group The Internet and has had chart success with alternative R&B hits including Bad Habits.

‘Steve Lacy, a.k.a.the coolest person alive, is joining the Spilt Milk 2022 line-up alongside Flume, The Wombats, FISHER, Spacey Jane and more. Steve will be replacing Stormzy as he unfortunately has had to cancel all of his international tour dates,’ a Facebook post from Spilt Milk read.

The festival will be offering refunds for the change in line-up.Tickets will go back on sale on October 6.

The festival will be offering refunds for the change in line-up. Tickets will go back on sale on October 6

The festival will be offering refunds for the change in line-up.Tickets will go back on sale on October 6

Hundreds of fans complained about the line-up change on social media, with one writing: ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’

‘I’m so mad,’ added another, while a third said they were ‘gutted’ and ‘beyond disappointed’ by the news.

‘I’ve been busting to see Stormzy.What a great start to the day. Don’t even want to go now,’ one disgruntled festivalgoer wrote.

Stormzy is the latest in a string of international stars to pull out of gigs Down Under.

When he kicked off his UK and Ireland tour in March, Stormzy thrilled fans by sharing footage that appeared to show him recording new music

When he kicked off his UK and Ireland tour in March, Stormzy thrilled fans by sharing footage that appeared to show him recording new music

American rapper Polo G pulled out of the Listen Out festival this month.

Half of the English electro duo Disclosure also pulled out of Listen Out to ‘look after his mental health’.

Nigerian singer Burna Boy cancelled his Sydney gigs within days of announcing them.

Stormzy is the latest in a string of international stars to pull out of gigs Down Under, with Nigerian singer Burna Boy cancelling his Sydney gigs within days of announcing them

Stormzy is the latest in a string of international stars to pull out of gigs Down Under, with Nigerian singer Burna Boy cancelling his Sydney gigs within days of announcing them

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