Azealia Banks Blasts Australian Crowds as 'Violent' and 'Terrible' to Play For
Azealia Banks loves dishing out a good rant on Twitter, though her fury is typically targeted at an individual. It appears she’s found the accelerator, because this time she’s launched a tirade at an entire country -- Australia.
Anyone who follows Banks on the social media platform knows she has a temperamental relationship with Australians. And she reserves her scorn for one of its artists in particular, Iggy Azalea. The New York rapper has squared up to the nation and its festival-goers in an exchange which ignited with a Twitter user’s back-handed compliment of her "completing her first ever full Australian concert" at last weekend's Splendour in the Grass fest.
She responded, "You guys are terrible crowds to play for. You're violent and belligerent and I simply... will not put my safety at risk. I would’ve walked off stage had someone thrown something,” she said in a string of tweets.
She also stated the obvious -- it's a long trip. But went on to suggest the money wasn't always worth the ride. Australians have a reputation for partying hard and there’s always a few roaring morons in the crowd. Though today’s festival experience Down Under can rarely be described as “violent.” Shows are tightly policed (too tightly, many say), stage-diving and crowd-surfing only happens in the memory of older party-goers, bottles and cans are usually off the menu and drug sniffer dogs have become a common sight at the entrance to the popular events.
Banks' visits to Australia are never without incident. Upon arrival last week, she noted how "beautiful" the country was. Within hours, she'd shared a tale of spotting a man at Gold Coast airport who had "a knife and tried to stab people."
The talented artist has had on-stage issues with Aussie audiences in the past. She bailed on her show at Melbourne's Listen Out Festival in 2013 after just 90 seconds when a beer was pitched at the stage. It was a similar story when she played at the Sydney leg of the event; a drink hurtled to the stage, and Banks walked early.
She disappointed her fans when she played a set lasting just 25-minutes at Australia’s Splendour in the Grass in mid-2012 (she later blamed the festival’s equipment for her abbreviated performance) and on a separate, earlier visit, Banks unleashed a Twitter tirade at the Stone Roses, who she claimed had hijacked her set by soundchecking as she sang.
She labeled Australia "a notoriously racist country" last year amid a heated Twitter battle with Azalea, and earlier in 2015 made a bizarre accusation of Australian "cultural fetishism" with regards to its contemporary music tastes.