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Snowbombing “deeply saddened” after Stormzy cancellation

The festival has "wholeheartedly apologise[d]" to the UK grime star, who pulled out of his headline slot after his team were allegedly racially targeted by security staff

By IQ on 12 Apr 2019

Stormzy performs at Roskilde Festival last year

Stormzy performs at Roskilde Festival last year

image © Henry W. Laurisch

The organisers of Snowbombing have apologised to Stormzy after the UK grime star cancelled his much-anticipated appearance at the Austrian festival, citing “racial profiling”.

The Brit Award-winning rapper had been due to headline and curate a ‘#Merky Takeover’ at the Broadwick Live-promoted event, but pulled out at the last minute yesterday (11 April) after alleging on his Instagram story that he and his entourage had been “racially profiled” and “aggressively handled” by security personnel searching for weapons.

In a statement, released shortly after Stormzy’s announcement, the festival apologised to the artist and his team for its handling of the situation.

It reads: “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.

“We are deeply saddened that any individual would feel uncomfortable at Snowbombing”

“Stormzy’s management were unhappy with the manner by which this took place and, as a result, Stormzy will no longer be performing tonight. […]

“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.”

Snowbombing 2019, the 20th, runs until Saturday 13 April at the Mayrhofen ski resort in the Austrian Alps. Other performers include Fatboy Slim, Andy C and Chase & Status, who host a tribute to the late Keith Flint tonight.


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