03/07/2014 08:50 BST | Updated 03/07/2014 08:59 BST

Wireless Festival: Drake Cancels Appearance At The London And Birmingham Music Festival

Drake will not be performing at this weekend’s Wireless Festival, it has been confirmed.

Rumours began circulating on Twitter on Thursday morning and a statement from the artist confirmed that he has had to pull out of performing at the concerts scheduled to take place in London and Birmingham due to illness.

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His statement reads: "To my beloved fans, it truly breaks my heart that I won't be able to perform as planned at Wireless and Roskilde this weekend.

“I got sick a few days ago and although I am on my way to bouncing back, my doctors have made it clear that I am not physically fit to fly or deliver the performance my fans expect and deserve from me.

“I will be focused on resting for a quick recovery. I have the best fans in the world and I can't wait to come back to make more incredible memories together.”

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Festival organisers Live Nation have announced that Kanye West will now perform in Drake’s place in London on Saturday 5 July, while festival-goers in Birmingham on Friday 4 July will now see an extended set from Rudimental.

Birmingham ticket holders will also receive £20 ‘Wireless credit’ to spend on-site as compensation.

Other acts taking to the stage over the weekend include Ellie Goulding, Pharrell Williams and Outkast.

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