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REMA pulls out of Hey Neighbour festival due to health scare

Years of non-stop touring and ever busy schedule performance across the globe has taken a toll on Nigerian Afrobeats star Rema as he pulls out of the Hey Neighbour Festival in Pretoria this weekend due to 'physical and mental health concerns'. Organisers have also confirmed two more artist withdrawals have also announced from the festival.

Organisers of the upcoming Hey Neighbour Festival, set to take place this weekend, regretfully announce the withdrawal of Rema from the festival’s line-up due to health reasons.

In addition, Duckwrth is currently dealing with Vertigo, while JZYNO, unfortunately, won’t be able to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, the statement further reads.

The festival team received this news from Rema’s management team last Wednesday. On the same day, the multi-award winning musician announced on his 6 million plus Instagram followers he’s cancelling all December performances to focus on his health. “Breaks my heart to say I won’t be performing anywhere this December, been years of touring. I’ve ignored my health and it’s time to recuperate,” he shared.

Born Divine Ikubor 23 years ago, the music star, who is known for his international hit song ‘Calm Down‘ was billed to perform on the Hey Neighbour stage on Saturday (December 9).

“We send our best wishes for his recovery and hope to see him on our stage in the future,” added festival director Warren Le Grange.

Hey Neighbour Festival remains dedicated to providing an engaging lineup with exceptional talent from various genres. The festival team looks forward to welcoming attendees to an unforgettable event filled with incredible music and memorable experiences.

The festival is forging full steam ahead with not-to-be-missed from top class acts, led by American hip-hop megastars Kendrick Lamar, Khalid, and South Africa’s own Mafikizolo, Prime Circle, Zakes Bantwini, Black Motion as well as Desmond and the Tutus.

Local favourites Mörda, Kelvin Momo and DJ ZinhleSho Madjozi, Elaine, BLXCKIE, Youngsta CPT, A-REECE, Jamie-Lee Sexton Uncle WafflesDBN GOGO, the maestro, Musa Keys, Focalistic, and amapiano royalty TXC, Daliwonga, Young Stunna, Tyler ICU, Scorpion Kings and Mzansi’s favourite DJ duo Major League.

Hey Neighbour essentials: everything you need to know

Date:  8-10 December 2023

Venue:  Legends Adventure Farm, Pretoria

Times: Gates open at noon, and close at midnight

Tickets: Phase 3 Tickets available now! (Only for the 18 and above crew

For full lineup of performers, visit festival website:

Temoso Mokoena
Temoso Mokoena
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