Stormzy Cancels Austrian Festival Gig Over Racial Profiling Allegation
An Austrian music festival is apologizing to British grime rapper Stormzy, who pulled out of an appearance after accusing security staff of racial profiling.
Snowbombing festival organizers said security responded Wednesday night to a report that an individual at the show in Mayrhofen had a weapon, and a small number of people, including Stormzy’s manager, were searched.
Stormzy said on Instagram his friends were “racially profiled, targeted and aggressively handled ... despite no one fitting the description.”
Stormzy offered his “sincerest apologies” to disappointed fans but said “if these are the drastic steps that I need to take to make a point against racism and racial profiling, then trust me I’m taking it.”
Snowbombing said Thursday (April 11) they “wholeheartedly apologize to Stormzy’s team” and will take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Snowbombing regrets to inform you that Stormzy will no longer be performing at the festival this evening. For more information please click the link https://t.co/gjLA6VBJNj— Snowbombing (@Snowbombing) April 11, 2019