Nicki Minaj was forced to cancel her show in Slovakia Friday due to technical difficulties.
The rapper was scheduled to perform at Bratislava’s Ondrej Nepela Arena on the second stop of her “Nicki WRLD Tour,” but the venue couldn’t handle the technical aspects of her stage. According to TMZ, the transformers shut down and the arena suffered several outages as a result.
But despite the tech issues, Nicki still made an effort to spend time with her Barbz. She appeared on stage to explain to the audience what went wrong and spent several hours walking around the arena greeting fans.
“I want to say thank you so much for coming, but there’s something we have to tell you,” she said. “First of all, I fucking love you, number one. And we’ve been trying for hours to get the show to work and the building says they don’t have the power in this building to make this show work. And I feel horrible ’cause you guys have been here for hours and they’ve been trying everything they possibly can.”
Taking to Instagram, a heartbroken Nicki addressed the unexpected cancelation. “Gutted. Heart broken. I can’t believe my fans sometimes,” she wrote. “After waiting for hours & hours, they still tried to be understanding. Production was told the building does not have the power to facilitate my lifts (which don’t only move me below & very VERY high above the stage, but also move all our props, furniture, dancers, band, etc.), our lighting rig, fog, cryo, confetti, movies/visuals. They’d get the show powered up then the breaker would basically trip after a few mins.”
She also vowed to make it up to her Slovakian fans. “Slovakia, I love you so much & I’ll do everything in my power to get back to you as soon as I can,” she added. “I think the venue/promo team probably didn’t expect a rap show to have such over the top production. We run the risk of someone getting hurt if we start the show & smthng malfunctions mid-show. Sorry we couldn’t have a great night together.”
The mishap comes just a day after Nicki kicked off her “Nicki WRLD Tour” with Juice WRLD in Munich, Germany. The tour continues tonight in Poland and is scheduled to travel across Europe, with stops in Berlin, Paris, London, Dublin, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam, before wrapping March 28 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Support NAIJAKOLO' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.3>
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to NAIJAKOLO, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.