Nicki Minaj cancels festival slot in Romania after ‘security concerns’ over protests

NIcki Minaj has canceled a planned festival appearance in Romania due to “security concerns”.

The rapper had been due to perform at the Saga Festival in Bucharest on Sunday night (July 8).

However, Minaj said that after being warned of “protests in the area” she needed to make “sound decisions” to ensure she got home to her son.

In a post on X/Twitter, Minaj said: “Out of concern for the well-being of our team and myself, I have been advised by my security detail not to travel to Romania’s festival tonight due to security concerns regarding protests in the area .

“I look forward to seeing you all at another time.”

She added: “As a mother, I have to make sure I make healthy decisions to get home to my son and to get my team home to their families. Not following the safety advice right now is just not what I think i should do.

“I love you and thank you for your understanding and support. I am very excited to see my fans this Friday in London for another very special headlining show at the Wireless Festival.”

Back in May, Minaj’s show at Manchester’s Co-Op Live was canceled after she was arrested in Amsterdam earlier in the day.

The rapper was due to bring her ‘Pink Friday 2’ live show to the venue as part of her ongoing UK and European tour, but she was unable to make it to the gig following the events in the Netherlands.

Minaj live-streamed her own arrest at the time, as she appeared to be detained by Dutch police for allegedly “carrying drugs” while traveling between countries. The Dutch National Police confirmed that she had been arrested, but that she had since been released.

Doors at Co-Op Live opened at 7 p.m., with Minaj taking the stage an hour later. But as fans continued to wait, word finally came around 9:30pm that Minaj would not be performing after all.

The venue later posted an official update: “Nicki Minaj’s scheduled appearance at Manchester’s Co-Op Live on Saturday 25th May has been postponed,” they wrote. “Tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled performance to be announced ASAP.”

“Despite Nicki’s best efforts to explore every possible avenue to make tonight’s show happen, today’s events have made that impossible. We are deeply disappointed at the inconvenience this has caused. More information will be available at your point of purchase.”

Minaj will headline London’s Wireless Festival next Friday (July 12) at Finsbury Park.

Minaj’s current tour comes in celebration of her long-awaited album “Pink Friday 2,” which arrived in December and received a four-star review from NMENick Levine when it was released.

Levine wrote: “‘Pink Friday 2’ feels like a consolidation and refinement of everything Minaj can do — including dropping pop culture references no other artist could think of. ‘Duck ’em like Björk?'” It’s surely a nod to the Icelandic musician’s infamous skirmish with a photographer. Thirteen years after ‘Pink Friday’, Nicki Minaj hasn’t lost her ability to surprise us.”

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