11 Apr Stormzy cancels Snowbombing appearance after accusing festival of racial profiling
Stormzy has cancelled his performance at Snowbombing festival.
The #MERKY artist accused Europe’s biggest ski festival, held annually in Austria, of racially profiling members of his team. He was due to perform on Thursday night at the ‘Forest Party’ but will no longer do so, after a weapons search lead the security staff to be ‘physically aggressive’ with members of his team. In a series of posts on Instagram, the GSAP rapper said:
“First and foremost fuck @snowbombingofficial. Bunch of pussyholes.
“Secondly, my SINCEREST apologies to anyone who travelled all that way to watch me perform I’m genuinely upset that you’ve wasted your time and money and that burns me more than you’d know. The last ever thing I wanna do is let down anyone who’s taken time out to support me. So please hear me out, I too would be fuming if I travelled and spent money to go and watch an artist and they pull out last minute.
“However 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. And I’m very, genuinely sorry that it’s unfortunately at the expense of supporters and festival go-ers who’ve spent there hard earned money and time.
“My manager and all my friends who were at the festival were racially profiled, targeted and aggressively handled because they had ‘reason to believe someone was carrying a weapon’. The security targeted them (despite no one fitting the description), were physically aggressive when handling them and there’s been no effort from the festival to actually deal and adress the problem.
“This is the kind of soul draining shit black people gotta deal with all the fucking time and I’m sick of it so fuck the festival and fuck my performance. Again, deeply sorr to everyone who came but I need you to understand why this is necessary in the grand scheme of tryna fight back against racism.”
“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. Stormzy’s management were unhappy with the manner by which this took place and as a result Stormzy will no longer be performing tonight. This evening’s Forest Party will now not go ahead as planned. 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.”