Stormzy has pulled out of Snowbombing 2019 after claiming that his team were racially profiled.
Snowbombing regrets to inform you that Stormzy will no longer be performing at the festival this evening. For more information please click the link https://t.co/gjLA6VBJNj
— Snowbombing (@Snowbombing) April 11, 2019
The artist, whose real name is Michael Omari Owuo Jr, told fans in a series of Instagram story posts that his friends and manager were stopped by security who had “reason to believe someone was carrying a weapon” in his group.
The festival released the following statement: “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.”
“First and foremost fuck @snowbombingofficial Bunch of pussyholes,” Stormzy wrote over a screenshot of a tweet by Snowbombing announcing the cancellation of his performance.
“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.”
Stormzy boycotting a festival because they racially abused his friends is one of the reasons why I love him (more info on his IG story) pic.twitter.com/wdLxGeomIE
— HabKat (@Habibakatsha) April 11, 2019
“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.”
He added: “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 address the problem.”
Continuing “this is the kind of soul-draining shit black people gotta deal with all the fucking time.”