Azealia Banks storms off stage at Listen Out
Rapper throws down her microphone and storms off stage after an audience member flings a beer can over her head, just one week after a similar incident in Sydney.PT0M50S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2v32l 620 349 October 7, 2013
Azealia Banks has blamed a member of her audience for her angry exit from her Melbourne show after just 90 seconds.
The American rapper claims someone in the audience threw a full can of beer at her on stage on Saturday night. This made "Azealia and her stage crew feel unsafe", a statement from her publicist said.
"Banks would like to apologise to those fans in the audience whose experience was affected by the behaviour of one individual," the statement added.
Serial show stopper: Azealia Banks. Photo: Getty Images
Fans are now demanding refunds from the Listen Out Festival after Banks's departure. She was the headline act for the festival.
The Harlem rapper has attracted as much controversy in less than two years as most artists manage in 20. So far it seems the infamy is keeping pace with her obvious talent and success.
The unpredictable pop star did the same thing in Sydney earlier in the week, stopping her show just 15 minutes into her set.
Azealia Banks tweeted an apology to her Melbourne fans. Photo: Supplied
"Sorry to all the festival-goers in Melbourne !! See ya tomorrow in Brisbane," she tweeted minutes after vacating the stage at Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday night.
Sorry to all the festival-goers in Melbourne !!!!! See ya tomorrow in Brisbane !!!!!— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) October 5, 2013
A fast and smooth rapper who can mix her preferred sparse electronic dance music base with occasional bits of more Caribbean rhythms, Banks signed her first contract in 2008, at the age of 17, and was on the major label Interscope by late 2011 when she was nominated as one of the predicted sounds of 2012. Her debut EP, 1991, confirmed that.
Frank and as often as not profane ("I make hits motherf---er/ do you jiggle ya d--- when ya bitch pop singin' on the Liquorice hit, ya know?" she spat out in her song Liquorice), Banks delivers her lines with a combination of insolence and insouciance.
You could put her alongside contemporaries Nicki Minaj (though she's less cartoonish) and M.I.A. (though she's less political) with a dash of old-school Madonna in her willingness to provoke and respond in kind.
As she says in another hit, 212ft, "I'm a rude bitch yeah but what are you made of?" That attitude has seen her engage in Twitter feuds with Perez Hilton, public brawls with both gay and lesbian rights groups and their opponents in the US and fallings out with her former label, some former producers and former collaborator Lady Gaga.
In Australia, where she has performed several times in the past year, Banks has gained a reputation for cutting short performances or cancelling them altogether, though it's fair to say not without some grounds at times.
Previously at Splendour in the Grass in 2012, she played for only 25 minutes. Then, at Future Music in Adelaide earlier in 2013, she refused to take the stage, citing sound problems.
Banks performed without incident at the closing leg of the Listen Out tour in Brisbane on Sunday night.
All this before her debut album is released in early 2014.
Banks and her management have not responded to requests for comment.
Bernard Zuel with AAP