Los-Angeles rapper Earl Sweatshirt has cancelled the remaining dates of his European tour, making the announcement just hours before he was set to appear at London’s Field Day festival. The cancellation also affected his presence at Dublin’s Forbidden Fruit Festival, and will go on to include his appearance at Manchester’s Parklife Festival next weekend.
Earl’s management reached out to Pitchfork with a full statement explaining the cancellation, citing mental health reasons as the primary reason. They also stated that Earl, real name Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, was “simply unable to” perform due to ongoing grief over the death of his father, who passed in January.
Thebe’s father was a prominent South African poet named Keorapetse Kgositsile, who passed away at age 79. Thebe cancelled a string of dates in the wake of his death, but “thought he would be ready to perform” in time for his UK dates. Unfortunately, he found his existing battle with anxiety and depression “compounded by the grief from the recent passing of his father”.
The statement concluded with an apology to fans, and a promise to be back “as soon as he is able”. Thebe last released music in 2015, producing his second full-length LP ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’, in March of that year.