Earl Sweatshirt cancels European tour due to anxiety and depression

The rapper was due to perform at Field Day in London yesterday (June 2), but pulled out at short notice

Earl Sweatshirt‘s representatives have issued a statement following the rapper’s decision to cancel his European tour yesterday (June 2), citing his ongoing battle with anxiety and depression.

The former Odd Future rapper was due to perform at Field Day yesterday afternoon, but organisers of the London-based festival informed festivalgoers yesterday morning of Earl’s decision to cancel that show and his remaining European tour dates.

Earl’s representatives have now issued a statement about the decision to cancel the tour, explaining that his battle with anxiety and depression “has been compounded by the grief from the recent passing of his father”. [via Pitchfork]

See the full statement below.

Earl is battling anxiety and depression which has been compounded by the grief from the recent passing of his father. He thought he would be ready to perform but simply is not yet able to. He would like to apologise to his fans and promises to be back as soon as he is able to.

The rapper’s father, the prominent South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, passed away in January at the age of 79. The rapper cancelled a string of dates in the wake of Kgositsile’s passing.

Earl – real name Thebe Neruda Kgositsile – took to Twitter a day after his father’s death to pay tribute, posting a picture of Kgositsile and writing: “Thank yall for your thoughts and love”.

Earl was due to play at Dublin’s Forbidden Fruit Festival today (June 3), before another gig next weekend at Manchester’s Parklife Festival.

He last released a solo album over three years ago with his second full-length LP ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’ in March 2015.


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