The Kid LAROI was slated to play two back-to-back shows in Melbourne over the weekend, but was forced to cancel both after falling ill.
The rapper’s Friday night (June 3) appearance at Rod Laver Arena was axed at the last minute, with LAROI failing to take the stage for his scheduled 9pm AEST performance time. More than half an hour went by before punters were informed that the rapper was sick, and the show would no longer be going ahead.
He shared a statement on Instagram stories later that night, explaining that he’d woken up feeling ill. He returned two negative COVID tests but his condition had worsened during the course of the day, and expressed his remorse at being unable to perform that night.
“I promise you with all my heart that I gave everything in me to try and get up on that stage tonight,” he wrote. “This is my first ever tour and I absolutely hate that I’ve had to do this, especially so last minute … but at the end of the day I have to put my health first and I would be lying to you if I told you I was okay to come up and perform for you.”
A second show was scheduled for Saturday night (June 4), but that too was cancelled. In another statement shared yesterday afternoon, LAROI wrote: “I have just seen the doctor again and I have been told I can’t perform tonight. My heart is broken, and I feel like I am letting you all down again but I promise I will make it up to you.”
“I need to rest and get myself healthy so that I can give you the show you deserve when I come back to Melbourne next week.”
Tickets to the June 3 show are now valid for his new Friday June 10 date, while June 4 tickets will be honoured at the Sunday June 12 show. Fans who are unable to attend the new dates have until June 8 to request a refund through Ticketmaster.
The rapper did make one Melbourne appearance prior to falling ill, when he popped up as a special surprise guest at Lucky Thursdays on June 2, during which he performed his Justin Bieber collaboration ‘Stay’ to a screaming crowd.
The rapper kicked off the Australian leg of his End of the World tour in Sydney on May 26, which coincided with National Sorry Day. The Gamilaraay rapper – whose great-great grandfather was part of the Stolen Generation – took the time to acknowledge the date during his set, saying: “It’s National Sorry Day today. An incredibly important day when we pay respect and salute the struggle and pain of the Stolen Generation, ladies and gentlemen.”
“It’s also a day for every single one of us as Australians to reflect on how we can all play a part in closing the gap and coming together as one. I want you all to keep that in mind as this show goes on.”
The following night, May 27, LAROI was joined onstage by Mount Druitt drill group ONEFOUR, where they performed their collaborative 2020 single ‘My City’. LAROI then stepped away from the mic momentarily, while ONEFOUR played ‘Shanks And Shivs’ and ‘Spot The Difference’.