American gay country star Steve Grand will no longer be performing in South Africa this year, Mambaonline.com has learned.
The 23-year-old hunk was set to sing at Babylon nightclub in Centurion and at the MCQP “Space Cowboys” mega party in Cape Town next month.
On Friday, it was confirmed by the organisers that the singer would not be performing at the two events or making other planned appearances in the country.
MCQP (Mother City Queer Project) director Ian McMahon said that he was “sad” and “disappointed at Grand’s decision to cancel his tour to South Africa” and that he was “still trying to ascertain the reason for the sudden cancellation”.
He added that “despite the setback, partygoers can still look forward to great music and entertainment” at MCQP on 14 December.
Bruce Walker from Babylon told Mambaonline that the news was “a big blow”.
He said that Grand’s management had told him that the cancelation was due to the singer’s contractual obligation to record a new album which was affected by a recent illness.
“He took ill for a week which set him back two weeks,” said Walker. “He has signed to a record label and the album had to be finished by December so all trips away had to be cancelled.”
Walker added that he had been told that Grand would instead come to South Africa early next year, once the album was recorded.
Mambaonline has contacted Grand’s management about the cancellation and has requested an official statement on the matter.
In an interview with Mambaonline, conducted just days ago, Grand said that he would be visiting South Africa for two weeks and was “really looking forward to all the wildlife and the game reserve I am going to! I’m also going to Table Mountain!”
Read the interview here.