Expected rapper cancels performance at SF’s Portola Fest


MIA, one of the highly anticipated artists scheduled to appear at San Francisco’s Portola festival later this weekend, is said to have canceled his performance “due to a serious and unexpected health issue that arose earlier this summer”, according to a post shared on Instagram from the story festival on Friday.

“MIA would like her fans to know how deeply disappointed she is and will speak about her recent experience later today,” the statement read.

However, as of Monday afternoon, the English rapper known for hits “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls” had yet to publicly comment on the cancellation. SFGATE has contacted a Portola Festival spokesperson as well as an agent representing MIA and has not heard back at the time of publication.

MIA, whose real name is Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, received a Grammy nomination in 2009 for “Paper Planes,” which was featured on her second album “Kala.” She was also the subject of the 2018 documentary “Matangi/Maya/MIA”

Promoted by Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles-based company that produces Coachella each year, the Portola Festival is one of San Francisco’s newest music festivals. The electronic dance music-focused lineup includes headliners Flume and the Chemical Brothers along with Kaytranada, Charli XCX and Toro y Moi and is scheduled for Saturday September 24 and Sunday September 25. A replacement for MIA has yet to be announced by the festival.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.


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