Rapper Young Thug is making a name for flaking on things lately, he bailed on his own music video shoot for single Wyclef Jean recently and today it has been announced that he has also pulled out of his highly anticipated stints as part of the stellar bill touring Australia with this year’s St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
It’s understood the issues are visa related, but the news will still come as a huge disappointment for Thug fans as the trip would have marked his first visit to Australia in a touring capacity. Just as the filming for Wyclef Jean went ahead without the rapper though, so too will Laneway Festival, and stepping up to the plate to take his place on the lineup are homegrown heroes Dune Rats, who were announced immediately as a more than worthy replacement.
They may lack the trap beats, the near unintelligible but still damn fantastic bars (unless you count drummer BC’s Mini Bar Mike alter ego) and the overall whackiness of Thugger, but Dune Rats will still be on hand to make sure the energy is through the roof with what is always a wild set.
They’ve got a new album The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit due out in early February and we may be gifted a live peek at a few more of their new tracks. The LP’s first two singles Bullshit and Scott Green are already huge fan favourites and anticipation for their sophomore album (produced by noted shred lord and good mate Zac Carper of FIDLAR) is sky high. After Laneway, Dunies will be off on a national tour that has been selling out faster than you can rip a solo on a glass saxophone. If you missed out on snapping up tickets in your city, Laneway might be your next best bet! It kicks off next week!
2017 St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival dates and venues:
Saturday 21 January – SINGAPORE – THE MEADOW, GARDENS BY THE BAY
Thursday 26 January – BRISBANE – BRISBANE SHOWGROUNDS, BOWEN HILLS (16+)
Saturday 28 January – MELBOURNE – FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE (FCAC) AND THE RIVER’S EDGE
Monday 30 January – AUCKLAND – IT’S A SECRET, WATCH THIS SPACE!
Friday 3 February – ADELAIDE – HART’S MILL, PORT ADELAIDE (16+)
Saturday 4 February – SYDNEY – SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS (SCA), ROZELLE
Sunday 5 February – FREMANTLE – ESPLANADE RESERVE AND WEST END