Azealia Banks cancels festival dates in 2012

RockNess, Wakestock all affected, Bestival back on...

Chris Swindells - 27 April 2012

The singer/rapper has pulled out of five UK festival appearances, including Lovebox, RockNess, Parklife Weekender, Rough Beats and Wakestock.

Her performances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, on 25 and 26 August, will go ahead, along with her performance at Bestival, which had initally been among her cancelled dates, but will now go ahead as scheduled on 8 September.

Her autumn UK tour will also go ahead as planned. 

The 20-year-old American rapper was a Virtual Festivals' One to Watch in 2012, and shot to notoriety with her song '212' and the subsequent video. Click here for our Ones to Watch page.

A statement released by Banks's team said: "A decision has been made by her new management that she needs to get back into the studio and invest more time on her forthcoming debut album Broke With Expensive Taste."

Rough Beats festival organiser Mike McSherry admitted "gutted" by the news, saying: "It would have been her first major headlining show in the UK and we were pretty chuffed about getting in there early and backing her to be a great act even before her debut releases.

"I think her management have made the right decision. As great as her Coachella performance was, the UK audience is going to need more than half hour of material from a headliner."

RockNess Festival confirmed the news on their site with the following statement: "Sadly it’s just been confirmed that Azealia Banks has cancelled all of her UK shows this summer as her management want her to concentrate on finishing her new album. Naturally, all at RockNess are disappointed as were really looking forward to seeing her live show but watch this space for more announcements soon."


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