Fetty Wap pulls out of Reading And Leeds Festival and publishes doctor’s note

Sicknote shows rapper has ‘earache and upper respiratory infection/cough’

Fetty Wap has pulled out of Reading And Leeds Festival, after a doctor’s note showed the rapper has earache and a respiratory infection.

Fetty, real name Willie Maxwell, was due to play on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage today (August 26), fourth on the bill in between Crystal Castles and The Neighbourhood. He was then due to take the same slot at Leeds Festival tomorrow.



But the rapper had to cancel. He took the unusual precaution of allowing the festival to publish a letter from his doctor proving his illness.

The letter, dated August 25 and which has the surgery details crossed out, reads: “To whom it may concern: Willie Maxwell (aka Fetty Wap) is a patient of [redacted]. Mr Maxwell was seen in our office on August 22 2016 for earache and upper respiratory infection/cough. He is following up today as recommended to reassess his status for flight.

“I am advising him not to fly for at least one week due to persisting fluid behind his left tympanic membrane. My concerns are for him flying today (or within the next week) are: decreased hearing (which will negatively impact his ability to perform) and eardrum rupture as a potential due to changes in barometric pressure. He also has a cough that has not fully responded to medication in this short term follow-up, which will also negatively affect his performance. If you have any other questions on this matter [redacted].”

Fetty’s previous show in the UK was at Radio 1’s Big Weekend at Exeter’s Powderham Castle in May.

The illness will also cause his show at Dutch festival Encore to be pulled on Sunday, while his appearance at Bumberfoot festival in Seattle on September 2 may also be under threat.