Skepta To Tour Australia Amid Travel Ban Lift

Australian Skepta fans will get the chance to see their favourite U.K. rapper live after the “Shutdown” artist has finally been allowed to re-enter the country for his scheduled tour. As NME reports, Skepta was restricted from entering the country due to a visa ban that was put in place after a 2016 incident where Skepta punched a man in the face at a nightclub. 

The publication reports that his access into the country was blocked by a delegate for Home Affairs, Minister Peter Dutton, who thought Skepta was a “risk of harm to the Australian community which is unacceptable.” Skepta pleaded guilty to the injury of the man he punched and was fined $2,500 as well as $10,000 to the victim. 

In a recent meeting to allow his entry into the country, Skepta, born Joseph Junior Adenuga, said his previous actions were “spontaneous and impulsive” and claimed that he now “uses a high-profile platform to raise awareness around issues associated with racism, youth socio-economic disadvantage and homelessness.”

The Austrailian authorities accepted that Skepta “intend[ed] to rest as much as possible” while in Australia this time, “rather than attend nightclubs and similar venues.”

His first stop is in Melbourne on September 26th.