Nelly has reportedly cancelled his UK tour due to fears over possible terror attacks.
The hip-hop star was scheduled to perform in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol this week, but a statement from Manchester’s O2 Ritz venue, where Nelly was expected to perform on Thursday (December 17), has confirmed that the gigs will be rescheduled.
The statement reads: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Nelly has been forced to postpone his UK tour. Customers are advised to hold on to their tickets as rescheduled dates will be announced shortly & tickets will remain valid for the new shows. We apologise for any disappointment & inconvenience caused.”
Gossip website TMZ claims that the reason behind the decision is due to safety concerns. An attorney for the singer allegedly said that there were “safety concerns relating to venue security preventing terrorist attacks”.
Fears over terror attacks at gig venues have heightened in recent weeks following an attack at an Eagles Of Death Metal gig in Paris in November.
Meanwhile, felony charges against Nelly – filed after an arrest for substances found on the rapper’s tour bus in April – have been dropped.
Nelly’s lawyer had predicted the charges would be dropped back in April, but Nelly could still face 11 months and 29 days of probation for two misdemeanour charges, though his lawyer says both are also likely to eventually be dropped.
Shortly after the arrest, Nelly said he had to be more careful about who he associates with, telling TMZ: “I feel the need to take responsibility for my choices in needing to be more aware of all the people I associate with and allow onto my property. While my instinct, of course, is to be accessible to my friends, fans and acquaintances, the last thing I would want to do is compromise the respect and admiration of my friends, family and fans.”