Drake will not be getting up-close and personal with fans on his upcoming Summer Sixteen tour as the rapper has reportedly cancelled all meet-and-greets. The One Dance rapper sold special packages giving fans the chance to meet him backstage, take photos together and go home with a bag of merchandise.
According to Ace Showbiz, Drake, 29, has been forced to cancel the meet-and-greets citing "scheduling issues" although it is believed Future, who is also performing on the Summer Sixteen tour, is still hosting his own sessions. The most expensive meet-and-greet package, named 6 God, was priced at $1,000 (£680) and came with a professional photo with Drake, guaranteed seating within the first five rows, a 6 God disposable camera, candle, incense holder, frame, foam hand, car freshener and a Summer Sixteen bag among other items.
There were also smaller packages on offer including a ticket costing $279.50 which included merchandise and a seat in the first 10-15 rows. Fans have expressed their disappointment at the cancellation on social media, with one commenting: "Kinda happy Drake cancelled the meet and greet... That 300 bucks I'm getting back can be used towards a car payment lol."
Sharing a similar sentiment, another ticket-holder mused: "On the bright side I'm $1000 richer but I'm still not meeting Drake." Not everyone sees the silver-lining as one upset fan tweeted: "Can you give me a legit reason as to why you're breaking my heart and cancelled my meet-and-greet?" while another weighed in: "I went from having meet-and-greet & a centre stage second row seat for Drake, to now being ticketless."
Another fan stated: "When you drop over 1k on a @Drake meet-and-greet and he cancels it.......... HAHAHAHA biggest L of my life. Hope I get a refund." It is understood that some who had purchased the meet-and-greet packages have been refunded or will be in due course.
However, Future, 32, is still offering fans the chance to purchase slightly cheaper meet-and-greet tickets with one package priced at $500. This includes a seat in the first 10-15 rows, a photo with the Where Ya At hitmaker, early bird entry to the venue, a Future World Tour T-shirt and other Freebandz merchandise.
The Summer Sixteen tour will commence on 20 July with a show in Austin, Texas before moving onto Chicago, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Houston, to name a few locations. European dates are yet to be announced. Drake and Future are expected to perform songs from their chart-topping joint mixtape What A Time To Be Alive as well as tracks from their own catalogue including Drake's latest album Views. IBTimes UK had received no comments from Drake's representatives at the time of publication.