Azealia Banks Declares She’s Never Setting Foot In Australia Ever Again

"I am so not sorry. I am not sorry at all."

Azealia Banks performing at a music festival

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Oh Azealia, trouble always seems to find you every time you touch down in Australia. 

Sadly, it seems that this time is no different, with the singer taking to Instagram to point out that she is having an awful time on her current 2023 Australian tour, declaring that “this place makes me utterly miserable”. 

The ‘212’ rapper was slated to play in Brisbane and Melbourne last week, but both shows were cancelled at the eleventh hour after Banks pulled out on the grounds of mysterious “visa issues”. 

“Australian promoters are the only ones in the world who craft slave-like contracts and try to hang revocation of work visas and non-payment over your head, even when you are in physical danger,” Banks wrote in an Instagram story that alluded to the recent last-minute cancellations. 

While Banks later confirmed the rescheduling of her cancelled Melbourne performance, the rapper has ruled out setting foot in the city of Brisbane ever again, citing prior unruly crowd behaviour which saw her narrowly avoid being hit by a projectile thrown by a crowd member. 

“Last time I was in Brisbane and y’all threw shit on the stage and damn near almost fucking hit me in the face with a fucking bottle of soda or whatever that shit was,” Banks declared in a video. 

“That was the most racist, most demoralising experience of my fucking life.” 

Banks’ career has been affected by transphobic, homophobic, and racist comments made by the singer in both in-person interviews and across social media. Combined with famously incendiary live performances – resulting in the rapper routinely cancelling performances mid-set, the rapper occupies a strange place in the contemporary RNB scene. 

However, Australia is also a notoriously shitty place to perform for mainstream artist of colour, as domestic audiences routinely struggle to comprehend why it’s inappropriate to scream the ‘N’ word with Kendrick Lamar while even homegrown acts like OneFour face sophisticated Federal task forces actively designed to quash their success. 

“After this run this will be my very last time touring Australia,” Banks declared. 

“This place makes me utterly miserable and I’m too black and beautiful to have a bunch of white people in my face playing with me over their WEAK ASS CURRENCY.”