AUSTRALIA – Lil Pump’s recent legal issues will force him to miss out on a string of shows in Australia. Organizers for the 2019 FOMO Festival have announced Pump will miss their upcoming events since he cannot obtained a work visa.
“Due to recent arrests and a failure to comply with Australian work visa application requirements, we regret to announce that Lil Pump is not able to perform at FOMO 2019,” the festival announced in a statement released on social media.
Pump has been replaced by Aminé, who is now scheduled to perform at five of the six festival dates. The 2019 FOMO Festival kicks off on January 5 in Brisbane and features performers such as Nicki Minaj and Rae Sremmurd.
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We are excited to announce that the incredible @amine will be stepping in to perform on all FOMO Festival Australian tour dates and FOMO BY NIGHT Auckland, while breakout Toronto duo @loudluxury responsible for global dance hit “BODY” will be making their Australian debut. Please join us in welcoming both acts to the FOMO19 tour! Due to recent arrests and a failure to comply with Australian work visa application requirements, we regret to announce that Lil Pump is not able to perform at FOMO 2019. Additionally, due to personal reasons, Sophie will not be joining us on the FOMO 2019 tour. Only 2 weeks until kick off! If you don’t have your tickets yet, grab them now: www.fomofestival.com.au 💜
Earlier this month, Pump was detained by police in Denmark and spent roughly 24 hours in jail. He was ordered to pay a fine for marijuana possession and asked to leave the country. Due to his arrest, Pump had to cancel a planned tour date in Finland.
A week later, Pump was kicked off a flight and arrested for disorderly conduct in Miami. He and his entourage were accused of bringing drugs on a plane, which led to an argument with police. A search ultimately came up empty, but Pump and his manager were charged with disorderly conduct. Both men pleaded not guilty.
In addition to his legal woes, Pump faced backlash this week for his use of an Asian slur. The polarizing rapper posted a snippet of a song called “Butterfly Doors” in which he raps, “They call me Yao Ming ’cause my eye real low, ching chong.” The accompanying video also showed him doing the slanted-eye gesture.
— Lil pump (@lilpump) December 16, 2018