ORIGINAL STORY: ‘Mask Off’ rapper Future has pulled out of his scheduled appearance at the Sydney and Brisbane legs of Listen Out festival this weekend, following the death of a close friend and collaborator.
In a statement, Listen Out promoters Fuzzy say, “In extremely sad news, a very close friend of Future’s has passed away and as a result he is rushing back to the US for the funeral.
“This means he won’t be able to play the remaining dates of his Aust/NZ tour.
“At this late stage it won’t be possible to get a similar act to Australia to replace Future on his Listen Out dates, though we are working on adding another act to the bill.”
Earlier this week, Future posted a statement to Facebook following the death of his friend and audio engineer Seth Firkins, saying:
“I always gave racism a cold shoulder because my real brother Is a white guy by the name of Seth Firkins. I got a call saying u died in your sleep? First thing came to my mind is, why are you sleep at 5am? That’s when we record our best shit & I tell u “don’t” fall asleep we got more work to do.. but somethin told me I should’ve been at home recording for some reason. I was saying this in my head, then bad news beat me home!
“I love u beyond this post, I will cherish u forever big bro, I just wish u would’ve text me & told me u was going to sleep and i wasn’t going to be able to wake u up this time…the family will miss u 1000%!! No kap in my game kid, rest well my brother. Rest well.”
Read Future’s statement in full, below.
Listen Out 2017 will take place in Sydney’s Centennial Park and Brisbane’s Victoria Park this weekend.
Listen Out 2017
Saturday, 23rd September
Catani Gardens @ St Kilda, Melbourne
Sunday, 24th September
HBF Arena @ Western Parklands, Perth
Saturday, 30th September
Brazilian Fields @ Centennial Park, Sydney
Sunday, 1st October
The Sporting Fields @ Victoria Park, Brisbane