Drake cancellation leads to last-minute Wireless Festivals line-up shake up

Rapper will be replaced by Kanye West and Rudimental in London and Birmingham

Drake cancellation leads to last-minute Wireless Festivals line-up shake up

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Drake has pulled out of his scheduled headline appearances at Wireless Festival this weekend.

The rapper was due to perform at the Birmingham leg of the festival on Friday (July 4) and the London leg on Saturday (July 5). He will be replaced in London by Kanye West, who will now play a second show in the capital after headlining the same stage the night before. In Birmingham support act Rudimental will play an extended set with "very special guests".

Ticket holders attending the show on July 4 in Birmingham will also receive £20 of ‘Wireless Credit’ upon arrival at the site. This will be redeemable anywhere on site for food, beverages, merchandise and funfair rides. Refunds will be available from the point of purchase before the event but will not be available at the event.

Drake has issued a statement explaining his absence to fans. "To my beloved fans, it truly breaks my heart that I won't be able to perform as planned at Wireless and Roskilde this weekend. I got sick a few days ago and although I am on my way to bouncing back, my doctors have made it clear that I am not physically fit to fly or deliver the performance my fans expect and deserve from me. I will be focused on resting for a quick recovery. I have the best fans in the world and I can't wait to come back to make more incredible memories together."

Kanye West and Bruno Mars will headline the festival, which this year takes place in both London and Birmingham. It will be Kanye West and Bruno Mars' only UK live appearances in 2014.

For the first time this year (2014), the event will take place across two sites in both London and Birmingham. It has moved from the Olympic Park in London to Finsbury Park and will also take place in Birmingham's Perry Park between July 4-6.

Pharrell Williams, OutKast and Ellie Goulding have also been confirmed to appear at the festival, along with Clean Bandit, John Newman, Basement Jaxx and Angel Haze.

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