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Skepta cancels Lollapalooza appearance due to “ongoing visa issues”

By | Published on Wednesday 20 July 2016

Skepta will not perform at the Lollapalooza festival later this month. Announcing the news in a tweet, the festival blamed “ongoing visa issues” for the rapper’s withdrawal.

The festival’s flagship edition in Chicago is due to take place from 28-31 Jul, with Skepta’s Friday afternoon slot now filled by Joey Purp. The grime MC himself has not commented on the cancellation.

This is the second time Skepta has had to pull out of a US festival appearance this year, after a visa was refused in April ahead of Coachella and a planned US tour. “Love to everybody that wanted to see me on tour this month, my US visa has been denied and I am not allowed in America right now”, he tweeted at the time.

Having to replace Skepta is the latest piece of bad luck to hit the Lollapalooza franchise, the Colombian edition of the festival being cancelled entirely earlier this month, after a headliner (thought to be Rihanna) pulled out shortly before the line-up was due to be announced.