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.
We are really sad to inform you that Earl Sweatshirt has had to cancel all European appearances at short notice, which includes Field Day today. We are gutted but hope to welcome him back to Field Day soon!
— Field Day (@fielddaylondon) June 2, 2018
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.
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”.
thank yall for your thoughts and love pic.twitter.com/qhualj0fjL
— thebe kgositsile (@earlxsweat) January 4, 2018
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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