The California-based rap-noise duo Death Grips has been pulled from Lollapalooza’s lineup just hours before they were scheduled to play an evening set at the mega-fest’s second day.
The band was a no-show for an official — and sold-out– Lolla after party at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge Friday night, though festival organizers made no mention of the incident when they confirmed the set cancellation just before noon Saturday:
The cancellation is the second for Saturday performer’s at Lolla’s Grove Stage: In the days leading up to the festival, singer Azealia Banks cancelled her appearance (and subsequent appearance at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal) citing a throat infection.
Festival organizers haven’t said anything beyond the message shared via social media and an online version of the schedule showed nixed Death Grips from the lineup for a while before the announcement was made. The band’s page on Lolla’s site currently shows their schedule performance as “TBA.”
After the band reportedly failed to show at the sold-out after party they were supposed to be headlining, angry fans who had been waiting some three hours for Death Grips’ performance took to the stage and destroyed the band’s equipment. The Sun-Times rounded up several Tweets from eyewitnesses at the event and a Bottom Lounge employee can be seen informing the crowd of the cancellaton below:
“Death Grips decided they’re not going to play tonight. They show’s been cancelled, you’ll get your money back,” and employee can be heard telling the audience. “If you’re going to blame anybody, blame Death Grips.”
According to Pitchfork citing multiple posts from Reddit, before the band’s no-show was announced, the stage setup featured a backdrop that showed a Gmail screenshot of a suicide note allegedly written by a Death Grips fan.
The Tribune notes the band has pulled the vanishing act before, just last year cancelling a 30-date concert tour to work on their next album. There’s no word if the band will be at their scheduled Sunday at Osheaga, where several other Lolla headliners like The Cure and Mumford & Sons are slated to play.
Bottom Lounge has subsequently offered full refunds to anyone who purchased tickets; no word on the fate of the drum set that presumably belonged to Death Grips drummer Zach Hill: