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11th Apr 2019

Stormzy cancels Austrian festival performance, citing “racial profiling”

Rudi Kinsella


Stormzy’s manager was made leave the festival as security thought he had a weapon. He didn’t.

Stormzy has cancelled a performance at the Austrian festival Snowbombing, citing racial profiling as the reason why he will no longer be performing.

This came as a result of his manager and group of friends being escorted to the nearest exit of the festival, as it was believed that one of them had a weapon, before it was made clear that he did not.

The statement issued by the festival reads as follows:

“Snowbombing regrets to inform you that Stormzy will no longer be performing at the festival this evening. Last night (Wednesday 10th) Snowbombing’s security were alerted to the possibility that an individual at the festival was allegedly carrying a weapon.

“In accordance with protocol, a small number of attendees, including Stormzy’s manager were escorted to the nearest exit, searched and no weapon was found. Stormzy’s management were unhappy with the manner by which this took place and as a result Stormzy will no longer be performing tonight.

“This evening’s Forest Party will now not go ahead as planned. We are deeply saddened that any individual would feel uncomfortable at Snowbombing.

“Snowbombing would like to wholeheartedly apologise to Stormzy’s team. We are doing everything we can to understand the full situation and are treating this with the utmost seriousness to ensure this does not happen again.”

Stormzy has responded to the incident in his own way, via his Instagram story, where he pulled no punches.



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