Azealia Banks' Melbourne Gig Cancelled Due To 'Visa Issues'

12 December 2022 | 8:56 am | Mary Varvaris

"Major apologies to the fans who bought tickets but there will be no rescheduled show."

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Fans who bought tickets to see Azealia Banks at Festival Hall in Melbourne on Saturday night did not get their money's worth. The show was cancelled at the last minute, with tour promoters Point Productions citing problems with the 212 rapper's visa.

In a statement posted to Instagram, Point Productions wrote: "It is with great sadness that we announce that tonight’s Melbourne show with Azealia Banks will not proceed due to Azealia’s visa not being granted in time for her performance."

They added, "The visa has since been granted, but flights from Auckland to Melbourne are exhausted to get her to Melbourne in time". The promoters also said that the Sydney and Brisbane concerts would go ahead as planned, and they would explore a new date for the Melbourne show.

However, according to Banks, there will be no other Melbourne concert. As per The Daily Mail, Banks reposted the statement and made her own, where she wrote: "Ahem, the promoters dragged their feet, agreed to provide a number of amenities which were not provided. I have been at the airport since 7am. There will be no rescheduled Melbourne show, and I will be paid in full for point blanks fuck up."

She continued, "Major apologies to the fans who bought tickets but there will be no rescheduled show. I have shit to do."

The promoters still ensure that there will be a re-scheduled show. Azealia has since deleted the post and performed in Sydney last night. 

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Per another Daily Mail article, Banks posted a since-deleted photo of herself outside a nightclub to Instagram with the caption, "I'm rich - like a hot rod."

Melbourne fans instantly reacted, with one asking, "rich enough to get an Australian visa?"

Banks' Australian visits have a track record of not going down well. In 2015, she performed at Splendour In The Grass festival, an experience she called a "waste of my fucking time". Banks also took radio announcer Paul Brown's tongue-in-cheek congratulatory tweet about finishing a complete set in Australia a little bit too deeply to heart and embarked on a scathing assessment of Australian gig-goers — who she called "terrible", as well as "violent and belligerent" in reply.