UK rapper Skepta has cancelled all of his upcoming Nw Zealand shows this week.

Organisers announced via an official statement on Facebook that Skepta - who won the highly sought after Mercury Prize on Friday - could no longer make it "for an unexpected and personal reason".

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"Full ticket refunds will be available on all shows from point of purchase. We are working in close conjunction with the Artist's booking agency and management in order to organise a new run of shows in 2017," the statement continued.


The announcement comes just days before Skepta was due to appear first in Dunedin on Wednesday, then Christchurch on Thursday and Auckland on Friday.

And it comes despite the fact the Auckland gig had been selling so well it underwent a venue change moving from the Powerstation to the Logan Campbell Centre to accommodate demand.

Organisers say ticket holders should receive an email from where they bought their tickets with instructions on how to get refunds, but if not, here's who to contact:

Auckland and Christchurch: The Ticket Fairy
Dunedin: Ticketmaster - call 0800 111 999 and follow the prompts.