Chance The Rapper cancels for Spring Fling

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The lineup for this year’s Spring Fling underwent an unexpected shake-up on Tuesday.

Chance The Rapper, one of the lead acts for Saturday’s annual campus-wide music festival held on Old Campus, canceled his act on campus yesterday due to health concerns. The Chicago-based artist, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, was hospitalized after falling ill Friday night, according to his Twitter account.

“I have confirmation from his agent that he will not be able, due to health reasons, to perform at this year’s Spring Fling,” said Yale College Council events director Eli Rivkin ’15.

According to Spring Fling organizers, Bennett has also cancelled several of his other scheduled performances at colleges. Erica Leh ’15, the chair of the Spring Fling Committee, said Bennett was ordered by his doctors not to perform. According to a statement on his Facebook page, Chance The Rapper’s hospitalization was caused by a combination of the flu virus and tonsillitis.

Although Rivkin said Tuesday that he expected a replacement for Bennett to be found by that evening, no replacement act had been secured as of late last night, according to Leh.

Finding a replacement in time for Saturday’s performance has proved challenging, Leh added.

“We are dealing with a fairly low budget because we booked Chance in early October for reasonably cheap,” she said. “Our options are also heavily restricted due to availability.”

Leh said the Spring Fling Committee extended an offer to an artist and “should know by [Wednesday] whether that artist will perform on Saturday.”

Students interviewed expressed mixed reactions to Bennett’s cancellation, ranging from dismay to apathy.

“I’m really disappointed that somebody I was really invested in couldn’t come to Spring Fling,” said Denzil Bernard ’15, who has been a fan of Chance The Rapper for over a year.

Caroline Shavel ’15, meanwhile, said that though she was somewhat disappointed, she does not think the cancellation is a major setback to the Spring Fling festivities.

Spring Fling will “be a good time” regardless of who performs, Harrison White ’17 said.

Leh and Rivkin echoed White’s sentiment, saying they are confident the festival will turn out well.

Students interviewed said that because the time frame for the Spring Fling Committee to find a new act is extremely short, they do not expect anything in particular out of the replacement act.

“I know that [the Spring Fling Committee] is very crunched and under time, so filling the act is the most important part,” Bernard said. “I’m not looking for anything in particular, just something that will please the Yale crowd.”

According to the statement on his Facebook page, Chance The Rapper has returned to his home in Los Angeles, Calif., to recover.

The other acts that will perform at Spring Fling this year are Diplo and Betty Who. Chance The Rapper was scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m.

Spring Fling begins on Saturday with a student performance at 3 p.m. and ends with Diplo’s performance at 9 p.m.

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