The rapper was due to take to the main stage 4.10pm, when a DJ appeared to be building up to something as fans grew excited with anticipation as a band’s equipment appeared to be set up on stage.
However at around 4.15pm, compere Huw Stephens took to the stage to tell the crowd: “We have an important announcement to make and we’re afraid it’s bad news. Juice WRLD will not be able to perform today due to a flight issue”.
The crowd then began to boo and disperse, but were informed that You Me At Six would be the next band on the main stage at their scheduled time on 5.25pm. It has not yet been revealed if Juice WRLD will make it to Leeds Festival to perform.
A number of fans have since taken to Twitter to share their disappointment in the no-show, as well as their disappointment at not being told until the last minute.
— Zach Arney (@Zach_Arney) August 23, 2019
— ???_??????? (@AmySargent88) August 23, 2019
Imagine both lil Uzi and juice wrld cancelling their reading slots, bro what
— Chris (@chris_peterz1) August 23, 2019
hope juice wrld gets his heart broken again IM HEATED
— matty (@mvttyj) August 23, 2019
— Harry Pettigrew (@HarryPettigrew) August 23, 2019
@OfficialRandL What the fuck are you playing at letting the whole crowd fill up and wait in the sun when you obviously knew Juice WRLD wasn’t coming. You’ve spent at least 30 minutes setting up a live band’s equipment so you clearly knew Juice WRLD wasn’t playing.
— Dyl Uzi Vert (@dylanenglish_) August 23, 2019
— Isobel Wady (@isobelwady1) August 23, 2019
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