Indianapolis music fans are understandably fuming after rapper Cardi B canceled a concert about 30 minutes before she was scheduled to take the stage because of an “unverified” threat.
The multitude, who were already packed inside the Banker’s Life Field House venue in the capital city of Indiana, was notified by Twitter of the postponement just 36 minutes before the show’s scheduled start at 7 p.m. on July 30, 2019.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to the Indianapolis Star that Cardi B, 26, was in the venue earlier in the day doing a soundcheck. But it was the “Bodak Yellow” rapper’s decision to back out of the performance after being notified of the threat.
“This evening, there was a scheduled concert at Bankers Life. We were notified of an unverified threat to the artist and the artist canceled this evening’s concert — there is no immediate threat to public safety, this is not an active incident. Ongoing investigation #IMPDNow.”
The venue almost immediately announced that the fans’ purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled concert on Sept. 11, 2019.
Tonight’s Cardi B show will not be played as scheduled.
— Bankers Life Fieldhouse (@TheFieldhouse) July 30, 2019
Cardi, whose real name Belcalis Almanzar, immediately issued an apology on Twitter about the canceled show.
Dear Indiana people I’m so sorry for today .I will like to let you know I was at the venue I was even rehearsing a new move I been excited to do on my show. Unfortunately there was a security threat that is currently under investigation right now. My safety and your safety first. pic.twitter.com/4glELemzYY
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) July 31, 2019
There is speculation that Cardi’s bold political pronouncements may have stirred up ill feelings. She has openly — and very profanely — denounced Donald Trump and has publicly backed presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont.
One Twitter fan noticed the irony of the threat type and the rescheduled concert date: “Cardi B cancels her concert because of a [sic] ‘international threat’… make up [sic] date September 11.”