Anticipated rapper cancels performance at SF’s Portola Fest

MIA, one of the highly anticipated acts slated to appear at San Francisco’s Portola Festival later this weekend, has reportedly canceled her performance “due to a serious and unexpected health matter that occurred earlier this summer,” according to a post shared on the festival’s Instagram story on Friday.

“MIA would like her fans to know how deeply disappointed she is and will address her recent experience later today,” the statement read.

However, as of Monday afternoon, the English rapper known for the hits “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls” had not yet commented publicly on the cancellation. SFGATE reached out to a spokesperson for Portola Festival as well as an agent representing MIA and did not hear back by time of publication.

MIA, whose real name is Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, received a Grammy nomination in 2009 for “Paper Planes,” which was featured on her sophomore record “Kala.” She was also the subject of the 2018 documentary “Matangi/Maya/MIA”

Promoted by Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles-based company that produces Coachella every year, Portola Festival is one of San Francisco’s newest music festivals. The electronic dance music-focused lineup includes headliners Flume and the Chemical Brothers as well as Kaytranada, Charli XCX and Toro y Moi and is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25. A replacement for MIA has not yet been announced by the festival.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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