Nicki Minaj pulls out of V Festival

Rapper cites illness as reason for cancellation

Nicki Minaj has cancelled her performance at this weekend’s V Festival (August 18 – 19).

The ‘Starships’ rapper had been scheduled to headline the 4Music stage at Weston Park, Staffordshire today before moving onto the Hylands Park site in Chelmsford tomorrow, but has pulled out of the bash after she felt ill boarding a flight from New York to the UK yesterday (August 17).

A spokesperson for V Festival said: “Due to on-going vocal issues, Nicki Minaj is unable to play this year’s V Festival. Miss Minaj’s band and crew have all arrived in the UK ahead of the performance at the festival this weekend, however as the artist herself boarded her flight from New York on Friday 17th August, she felt unwell again. This is despite having thought she had overcome her vocal chord issues from earlier in the week.


“Having revisited her doctor she has now been advised to rest for a week, which unfortunately means that she is no long able to perform at V Festival,” they added. “V Festival organizers wish her a speedy recovery.”

Minaj isn’t the first artist to pull out of V Festival, with both Dappy and Frank Ocean having previously cancelled their slots at this year’s event. They have been replaced by The Charlatans and Wiley respectively.

V Festival gets underway today, with The Stone Roses set to headline the Virgin Media Stage at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, while The Killers will top the bill at Staffordshire’s Weston Park. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Example, Noah And The Whale and Happy Mondays are amongst the other acts set to play this weekend.

The full line-up is as follows:

The Stone Roses
The Killers
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Noah & The Whale
Friendly Fires
Happy Mondays
Reverend And The Makers
The Rifles
Emeli Sande
Professor Green
The Ting Tings
Miles Kane
Frank Turner
Tinie Tempah
David Guetta
Tom Jones
Ed Sheeran
James Morrison
Olly Murs
Rita Ora
Newton Faulkner
Wretch 32
Beverley Knight
Childish Gambino
Sub Focus
The Feeling
Cover Drive
The Rifles
Ben Howard
Rizzle Kicks
Maverick Sabre
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Shed Seven
The Human League
The Proclaimers
The Stranglers
DJ Fresh
The Twang
Jack Beats
Pixie Lott
The Charlatans
Ren Harvieu
Dot Rotten
Marlon Roudette
Aiden Grimshaw
Gabrielle Aplin
Random Impulse
Juan Zelada
Australian Pink Floyd
The Milk
All The Young
Bo Bruce
Minus The Bear
Gentleman’s Dub Club
Josh Osho
Mull Historical Society
Selah Sue
Lonsdale Boys Club
Josh Kumra