Just hours before the 2014 Roskilde Festival officially kicks off, the festival lost one of its biggest names.
Hip-hop superstar Drake has cancelled his Sunday appearance at the festival. The Toronto-born rapper, who has sold more than five million albums worldwide, was scheduled to close down the famed Orange stage on Sunday evening.
In announcing his cancellation on Facebook, the festival said it was working hard to find a replacement for the coveted closing time slot.
— Roskilde Festival (@orangefeeling) July 3, 2014
According to the festival, Drake offered the following explanation for his cancellation.
“Sorry that I won’t be there with my fans at Roskilde Festival, but unfortunately there was an issue that came up here that is preventing me from being there.”
Drake also cancelled a planned 2010 appearance at the festival.
After four days of warm-up activities, the Roskilde Festival begins for real this evening when reunited hip-hop superstars Outkast open up the Orange stage at 6.30pm. Following the ATLiens will be the legendary Rolling Stones, who will play the 43-year-old festival for the very first time.