Drake has announced that the remainder of his Summer Sixteen tour has been postponed.
Last week saw the Toronto rapper push back a flurry of North American tour dates “under doctor’s orders”. Now a statement confirms that all the other shows have suffered a similar fate too.
The statement reads: “Drake suffered a severe ankle injury during the tour which he did his best to power through. By doing this, he made his injury worse. Under doctors orders and to ensure Drake only ever gives fans the performances they deserve, he will be postponing the remaining 3 dates of his Summer Sixteen tour to allow him time to recuperate his ankle injury. Drake’s fans mean the world to him. Seeing their faces and performing his music for them is what he loves to do the most and he can’t wait to get back on stage.”
Drake had previously written of his injury: “We are over 50 shows in and I have done everything to power through my recent ankle injury and leave it all out there on the stage every night.”
“I hate to be told I can’t do something, but [I am] under doctor’s orders to allow me time to recuperate. I am being forced to postpone the intense three shows in a row in cities which have only ever shown me unconditional support.”
“I promise – I will make it up to you. I can’t wait to see you all again with new music and a stronger ankle.”
He will head out on tour from January 26 when he begins the run of dates in Glasgow. The Boy Meets World Tour will then see him play six shows at The O2 in London ahead of gigs in Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham. Special guests are set to join the rapper at the shows.
Drake last performed in the UK at London’s Wireless Festival in 2015 and toured the country in 2014.
Drake will play the following UK dates:
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (January 26)
London, The O2 (January 28, 30, February 1, 2, 4, 5)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (February 8)
Manchester, Arena (February 11, 12)
Sheffield, Arena (February 17)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (February 22, 23)
He will also play these European dates:
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands (January 21)
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands (22)
KoPi Arena, Oberhausen, Germany (February 25)
Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (28)
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden (March 4)
Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway (5)
Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark (7)
Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany (9)
Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany (10)
AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France (12)
AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France (13)
Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany (16)