Ja Rule cancels tour with DAYS to go, after being denied entry to UK


Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 28th February 2024

Ja Rule has been denied entry to the UK just days before he was supposed to bring his The Sunshine Tour to the country.

The rapper has cancelled the UK leg of the tour just days before it was due to start.

He was supposed to be kicking it off in Cardiff on Friday but has pulled all shows just days before.

Ja Rule has now shared that ‘the UK won’t let him in’ due to his criminal record, The Hoot reports.

He said that he was ‘so devastated’ that he has had to cancel the tour, which he said was almost sold out.


Ja Rule also wrote that he had notified promoters of his criminal record and they’d assured his team it wouldn’t be an issue.

The Mesmerize singer wrote on X today: “I’m so devastated I can’t believe the UK won’t let me in I’ve spent a half million dollars in production of my own money to put this tour together only to be denied entry DAYS before my shows. This is not fair to me or my fans these venues are 85% sold and now I can’t come…

Ja Rule has cancelled his UK tour after being denied entry to the UK. Credit: YouTube
Ja Rule has cancelled his UK tour after being denied entry to the UK. Credit: YouTube

“The UK is one of the few European countries that restricts entry to people with criminal records.

“In general, you will likely be denied entry if you have been convicted of a crime punishable by 23 months or more under British law or served more than 12 months in prison.”

He later continued: “Gonna do something special for my UK fans since I’ll NEVER be able to come across the pond stay tuned…”


Updating fans again, Ja Rule said: “My team made it CLEAR to the promoter that I have a criminal record and can’t get in the country…The PROMOTER swore this wouldn’t be an issue The PROMOTER started selling tickets y’all love to blame the artist lol… GET YOUR REFUNDS!!!”

The First Direct Arena in Leeds has shared a statement from Ja Rule’s promoter confirming the show has been cancelled.

It said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to inform you that @JaRule’s “The Sunrise Tour” in the UK and Ireland next month has been cancelled.

“Refunds will be issued from the point of purchase. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

The star hadn’t added any Manchester dates to the run of shows but was set to play in neighbouring Leeds and Liverpool.

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