Iggy Azalea cancels ‘The Great Escape Tour’

Rapper’s first US arena tour was due to start in April, postponed to September and is now cancelled entirely

Iggy Azalea has cancelled her ‘The Great Escape Tour’.

Announced in December, the Australian rapper’s first US arena tour was originally due to begin in April. In March Azalea’s label Def Jam postponed the tour until September, “to accommodate for creative team availability and tour productions.”

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At the time, Azalea told Billboard: “It is bumped back because I am a psychopath. It is my first arena tour, so it’s a big undertaking and I’m doing a lot of the creative direction, which I do for everything.”

The tour has now been cancelled in its entirety.

Fans were emailed today (May 29) and told of the cancellation: “The Iggy Azalea Great Escape Tour scheduled for this fall has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of purchase,” the email reportedly reads. “There will be a new tour planned around Iggy’s new record to be released in 2016 and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

As reported yesterday, a petition to strip Iggy Azalea of her Billboard Award win for ‘Top Rap Song’ has now hit 20,000 signatures.

Nicki Minaj fans, who launched the petition via Change.org, argue that Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ was released on February 17, nearly a month before the eligibility date of March 14, 2014. However, the song’s first week in the Hot 100 appears to have been March 22, 2014, with February 17 applying to the song’s UK release.

Meanwhile, organisers of a music festival in Pittsburgh are facing protests from LGBTQ activists after booking Iggy Azalea to headline their annual event.

Azalea is scheduled to headline this year’s Pittsburgh Pridefest on June 13 but petitions aimed at preventing the Australian rapper from performing have already begun circulating, Billboard reports. The festival promotes itself as “the premiere LGBT community festival in Pennsylvania” and last year featured performances from Adam Lambert, Chaka Khan, and Patti LaBelle.

The protests stem from claims of racially insensitive and homophobic remarks made by the rapper on the internet in the past.

Organisers of the festival have defended their booking decision, however, with the Delta Foundation telling the Pittsburgh City Paper: “If we believed that Iggy Azalea was racist or homophobic, we certainly would not have selected her to headline Pittsburgh Pride. We also don’t believe she would have agreed to come if she was racist or homophobic.”