After cancelling three concerts in South Africa two weeks ago, representatives for Smith announced via Twitter that he would not be performing at two upcoming events; the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, and the BBMAs.
The statement says that his medical specialists are “requiring him to have further rest,” therefore sidelining him from his upcoming performances. “We apologize for the disappointment for those affected, but the primary focus at this time needs to be on Sam’s recovery and health,” the statement reads.
Smith was set to headline the Saturday (April 27) post-qualifying concert at this year’s Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and was set to perform “Dancing with a Stranger” with Normani at next week’s Billboard Music Awards (May 1).
The news comes two weeks after Smith ended his first of three shows in Cape Town, South Africa on April after 45 minutes due to strain on his voice. Big Concerts, the organization who helped put on the event, released a statement following the cancellation that the remaining two shows had also been cancelled. “This difficult decision was made after Sam sought advice from medical specialists and his team,” the statement read.
See the full statement from Sam Smith’s Twitter page below:
— Sam Smith (@samsmith) April 24, 2019
Author: Stephen Daw