Waka Flocka Flame's Tour of Australia Scrapped, Reps Deny 'Firearms and Drug Charges' to Blame

Donna Permell
Waka Flocka Flame

Waka Flocka Flame’s scheduled tour Down Under has been nixed, with the promoter of those shows immediately insisting the rapper had been denied border entry due to his recent drugs and gun offenses. His representatives, however, have shot down those claims. 

Waka Flocka was meant to play four venues in Australia and two in New Zealand later this month, though organizers on Monday called off the shows.

Tour promoter Robin Fernando announced, "Unfortunately Waka Flocka's entry into Australia was denied by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection, due to his recent arrest(s) on both firearms and drug charges."

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The Atlanta artist’s visa for New Zealand had been approved, Fernando noted, though the situation in Australia had made the long-haul trip unviable. Dates would be rescheduled at an unspecified time later in the year, according to Fernando, which had set up the now-postponed visit in conjunction with Illusive Entertainment (part of Michael Gudinski's Mushroom Group).

Reps for the musician have now waved off the tour organizer's comments as inaccurate, and the promoter has now changed his tune (his edited Facebook comment is posted below). "Waka Flocka Flame nor anyone involved with this tour has been denied entry into Australia. Anything to the contrary is simply not true. These shows have been postponed while the respective visa applications are pending approval," says Paradigm Agency's Matt Adler in a statement issued to Billboard.

Waka Flocka might wish he had posted his kooky pro-pot presidential bid video after he'd secured his visa. Australia's immigration department is famously hardline. 

It’s not the first time Waka Flocka (a.k.a Juaquin James Malphurs) has scrapped a planned tour to these parts. Slingshot Touring had lined-up a tour in 2014 which unraveled just prior to Christmas 2013. Fans were told the visit would be held off until later in the year, though the shows never eventuated.


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