Stormzy has cancelled his appearance at Austrian Festival Snowbombing amid allegations of racial profiling.
Snowbombing regrets to inform you that Stormzy will no longer be performing at the festival this evening,” the festival said in a statement. “Snowbombing’s security were alerted to the possibility that an individual at the festival was allegedly carrying a weapon,” the continued.
“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.
They continued: “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 took to social media to say that his friends were “racially profiled, targeted and aggressively handled… despite no one fitting the description.”
The musician then added his “sincerest apologies” to fans who are disappointed by the cancellation but added that “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.”