The Kid Laroi cancels Melbourne show: Chaos at Rod Laver Arena

There were chaotic scenes as rap sensation The Kid Laroi cancelled a huge arena show last night – 40 minutes after he was due on stage.

Australian rap sensation The Kid Laroi pulled the pin on his Melbourne arena show on Friday night – almost 40 minutes after he was meant to take the stage.

The Herald Sun reports that the 18-year-old hit maker was meant to take the stage at 9pm but cancelled the show at 9.35pm due to illness, leaving a capacity crowd at Rod Laver Arena fuming.

One fan captured the mood inside the 14,000-capacity arena as it was announced the show was not going ahead.

“Huge apologies for that, but obviously it’s outside anyone’s control … please travel safe,” the announcer can be heard saying, as boos ring out through the arena.

Another concertgoer posted a short video showing the mood in the car park as people tried to leave the venue. “Everyone’s raging … everyone’s honking their horns ‘cos they’re pissed,” she said.

The Herald Sun reported that some angry concertgoers also pelted cups of beer across the arena. Others vented their frustrations on social media:

Some even accused the star of being hungover, after it was reported he made a surprise appearance at Melboune nightclub 170 Russell St – also known as Billboard – late on Thursday night:

In a lengthy message posted to his Instagram stories last night, Laroi – real name Charlton Howard – apologised to fans and explained that illness was the cause of the last-minute cancellation.

The teen star revealed that he’d been feeling sick all day but felt worse after arriving at the venue and performing a soundcheck – with his team calling in doctors who put him on an IV drip.

“I promise you with all my heart that I gave everything in me to try and get up on that stage tonight,” he wrote.

He also vowed to reschedule the show for disappointed ticketholders.

“I will keep you updated on the rescheduled show date. I am coming back to perform this Melbourne show. I’m sorry.”

The Sydney-born star has become one of Australia’s biggest musical success stories in recent years, topping the charts here and in the US with hits like the Justin Bieber duet Stay and the Miley Cyrus duet Without You.

The Kid Laroi’s Australian tour is due to continue with another show at Rod Laver Arena tonight before two dates in Brisbane next week.

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