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Stormzy Postpones Asian Shows Amid Coronavirus Fears

Rolling Stone logo Rolling Stone 4 days ago Jon Blistein
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Stormzy, the superstar British rapper, has postponed a string of upcoming shows in Asia amid ongoing health and travel concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Stormzy was scheduled to play five shows this March in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, China, and South Korea in support of his most recent album, Heavy Is the Head (three of the gigs were already sold out). While the rapper plans to reschedule the shows, it’s unclear when that will happen.

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On Instagram, Stormzy wrote, “I was seriously looking forward to bringing the #HITH World tour to Asia and playing some epic sold-out shows, but due to the ongoing health and travel concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, I’m regrettably having to reschedule this leg of the tour.”

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☹️ I was seriously looking forward to bringing the #HITH World tour to Asia and playing some epic sold out shows but due to the ongoing health and travel concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, I’m regrettably having to reschedule this leg of the Tour. Information regarding the rescheduled dates will follow in due course. Please contact your local ticket vendor for any further queries. I promise I’ll be back ❤️ A post shared by @ stormzy on Feb 13, 2020 at 4:06am PST

A representative for Stormzy did not immediately return Rolling Stones request for comment.

Rapper Stormzy visits the SiriusXM Studios on January 15, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images) © Getty Rapper Stormzy visits the SiriusXM Studios on January 15, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images) Stormzy is arguably the biggest Western artist to cancel shows in Asia due to coronavirus fears, although he’s not technically the first. In late January, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced their decision to cancel their 2020 Asian tour with the famed pianist Yefim Bronfman.

So far, the coronavirus outbreak has had a much larger impact on top Asian acts, who have had to call off shows in China, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macao. Among the artists to cancel shows are major K-pop acts like Taeyeon, Winner, NCT, and GOT7, as well as Cantopop superstar Andy Lau.

The coronavirus epidemic began in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has since spread to at least 24 countries, affecting more than 60,200 people and leaving at least 1,368 people dead, according to The New York Times.

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