‘DaBaby will no longer be performing’: Rapper’s list of canceled festival gigs grows
DaBaby’s last music festival appearance could possibly be his last ever after the scorned rapper unleashed a homophobic diatribe on the crowd at Miami’s Rolling Loud in late July.
In the aftermath of his widely condemned remarks about gay people and HIV/AIDS, the “Rockstar” hitmaker has been hemorrhaging gigs at live-music events that no longer want anything to do with him.
On Tuesday, Billboard reported that DaBaby promised organizers at seven different music festivals that he would record an apology video to be played ahead of his planned set at Chicago’s Lollapalooza last weekend.
But Lolla and several other concert events ended up cutting ties with the “Red Light, Green Light” artist after he failed to keep his word.
New York’s Governors Ball and Las Vegas’ Day N Vegas festivals have dropped DaBaby from their lineups after the rapper’s homophobic remarks.
Despite initially doubling down on his behavior, DaBaby has since apologized for his comments twice — amid mounting scrutiny from Elton John, Madonna, Dua Lipa and others — via social media. But neither statement was enough to save him from the backlash.
As of Wednesday, only a couple of upcoming festivals — Kansas’ Hot 103 Jamz Summer Jam and New Jersey’s Hot 97 Summer Jam — have yet to remove the rapper from their August lineups.
From Lolla to Day N Vegas, here’s a running list of events that have dropped DaBaby so far.
Lollapalooza (July 29-Aug. 1)
“With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight,” the cancellation statement read.
Foo Fighters, Young Thug, Brockhampton, Modest Mouse and G Herbo all performed on the final day instead of DaBaby.
KS 107.5 Summer Jam (Sept. 4)
On Tuesday, organizers for radio station KS 107.5’s Summer Jam canceled the entire festival in Denver “in light of various factors, including DaBaby’s recent comments.”
“We look forward to working on Summer Jam Lineups for years to come with our love of music and each other,” the announcement read. “Tickets will be refunded from your point of purchase.”
DaBaby was originally set to appear opposite Jack Harlow, Saweetie, Prof and Clever at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood Village.
Shortly after Megan Thee Stallion’s set at Rolling Loud, fellow rapper DaBaby brought Tory Lanez onstage and went on a homophobic and sexist rant.
Parklife (Sept. 11-12)
The United Kingdom’s Parklife music festival was the first of several to pull the plug on DaBaby in the wake of his offensive remarks.
By the end of last week, the Grammy nominee’s name had been quietly erased from the vibrant poster for the event. Still slated to perform at Manchester’s Heaton Park are Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, Skepta, Jamie XX and more.
iHeart Radio (Sept. 17-18)
iHeart Radio organizers announced on social media this week that “DaBaby will no longer be performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival Daytime Stage.”
The first day of the Las Vegas event will instead feature performances from Olivia Rodrigo, the Kid Laroi, Saweetie, All Time Low, 24kGoldn and Addison Rae, among others.
Music Midtown (Sept. 18-19)
On Tuesday, organizers for Atlanta’s Music Midtown festival scrubbed DaBaby from the itinerary and promised an updated lineup “soon.”
Among those set to perform next month at Piedmont Park are Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, 21 Savage, Megan Thee Stallion, Machine Gun Kelly, Black Pumas and Jack Harlow.
Rapper DaBaby has been cut from the final day of Lollapalooza’s lineup following crude and homophobic remarks he made last week at a Miami-area music festival.
Governors Ball (Sept. 24-26)
A fresh lineup is also incoming for New York City’s Governors Ball, which released a statement Monday condemning “hate or discrimination of any kind” upon deleting DaBaby from its program.
“We welcome and celebrate the diverse communities that make New York City the greatest city in the world,” read the announcement from Founders Entertainment, which oversees the festival.
Elton John and Dua Lipa have already condemned rapper DaBaby’s recent homophobic remarks. Now Madonna is educating him on HIV/AIDS misinformation.
“Thank you to the fans who continue to speak up for what is right. Along with you, we will continue to use our platform for good.”
Slated to take the Citi Field stage this fall are Billie Eilish, ASAP Rocky, J Balvin, Post Malone and Megan Thee Stallion.
Austin City Limits (Oct. 1-10)
Among those set to perform at Austin’s Zilker Park are George Strait, Miley Cyrus, Erykah Badu, Megan Thee Stallion, Machine Gun Kelly, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat and Stevie Nicks.
Day N Vegas (Nov. 12-14)
On Monday, organizers for Nevada’s Day N Vegas event confirmed via social media that DaBaby “will no longer be appearing” at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds this fall.
Taking his place will be singer and rapper Roddy Ricch, who collaborated with DaBaby on the hit single “Rockstar.” Also scheduled to perform on Night 1 are YG, Ari Lennox, Polo G and headliner Kendrick Lamar.
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