Red Hot Chilli Peppers fans baffled after support act A$AP Rocky performed AFTER the headliners

The rapper was supposed to be supporting Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 23rd June 2022

Fans at last night’s Red Hot Chilli Peppers gig were left confused after the support act – rapper A$AP Rocky – ended up performing after the main act.

The American star had been chosen as the main support act for the group, alongside Thundercat.

Traditionally, support artists perform before the headliners – but last night, things went in an unusual order.

Screens at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground informed the audience that A$AP Rocky would perform after the main act due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

The 50,000-strong crowd instead had to wait until the end of the show to see him perform his hits.

A$AP Rocky. Credit: Mr. iozo

A$AP Rocky also performed a much shorter set than was originally planned, wearing a pair of high-vis orange overalls.

Many fans said they felt that the Red Hot Chilli Peppers had cut their set short to fit in the supporting act, though the set list appears to be largely the same as other venues on the tour.


One person said: “I love asap rocky but he turns up late to everything or cancels. Canny believe Chilis cut their set short for him to come out dressed like he’d been working on M62 instead of performing.”

Another commented: “Wtf is happening at the chili peppers show in Manchester? Why are they playing before ASAP Rocky??”

Someone else wrote: “Genuinely wish I’d not bothered. 2 nights in a hotel and £90 for a band who couldn’t wait to get out of there and an artist who couldn’t be bothered to be there on time. Absolutely fuming.”


One person joked: “do u think asap rocky didn’t wanna play manchester bc he’s still upset that liam gallagher called him whatsapp ricky.”

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Fans reported that a lot of the audience headed home as soon as main act Red Hot Chilli Peppers finished their set, leaving A$AP Rocky performing to an emptying venue.

Someone said it was ‘so awkward when he came on, the place just emptied’.

But another did look on the bright side, writing: “@asvpxrocky killed it in Manchester last night, even thought it was only 4 songs it were f***ing sick.


“Respect to @ChiliPeppers for letting him do a set for the fans at the end of the gig after some logistical problems stopping him performing beforehand.”

Featured image: Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground