Ultra Singapore headline act Martin Garrix cancels appearance following severe ankle injury

Dutch DJ Martin Garrix shared a picture of himself in a wheelchair with his right leg in a cast on his Instagram account on June 5.
Dutch DJ Martin Garrix shared a picture of himself in a wheelchair with his right leg in a cast on his Instagram account on June 5.PHOTO: MARTINGARRIX / INSTAGRAM

SINGAPORE - In the latest blow to upcoming dance music festival Ultra Singapore, one of the headline acts - Dutch DJ Martin Garrix - has pulled out of all upcoming shows following a serious ankle injury suffered a few weeks ago.

Garrix, one of the top-ranked DJs in the world, shared a picture of himself in a wheelchair with his right leg in a cast on his Instagram account on Wednesday (June 5).

A statement accompanying the post said he suffered a serious ankle injury on May 25 during a show in Las Vegas.

It said: "Even though (he was) feeling positive after some days of rest, further examinations have determined that all his ankle ligaments are torn and surgery is needed to prevent permanent damage to his ankle. Therefore Garrix is forced to follow the specialist's advice and cancel all his shows for at least the upcoming four weeks."

The fourth edition of Ultra Singapore, which is due to take place on Saturday and Sunday, saw a venue change announced at the last minute on Tuesday.

It was moved from its usual outdoor venue of the open field next to Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Tower 1 to a smaller venue indoors, in the basement of MBS' Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

 
 

In a post on Ultra Singapore's Facebook and Instagram pages on Wednesday, organisers cited "expected severe weather" for the venue change.

But some are unconvinced and demanded refunds, while others have expressed disappointment with the change to the smaller venue.

With the event being two days away, set timings for the remaining acts are also yet to be released.

Press Statement: Martin Garrix forced to cancel all shows coming weeks It is with deepest regrets that Martin Garrix has to announce that he is forced to cancel all his shows the coming weeks due to a serious ankle injury suffered during his show in Las Vegas on May 25th. Even though feeling positive after some days of rest, further examinations have determined that all his ankle ligaments are torn and surgery is needed to prevent permanent damage to his ankle. Therefore Garrix is forced to follow the specialist’s advice and cancel all his shows for at least the upcoming four weeks. Garrix: ’’I’m devastated that I have to cancel these shows since nothing makes me happier than performing for you guys. I feel most alive when I'm on stage, seeing you guys smile. I was really looking forward to it and I never want to disappoint my fans. Unfortunately this is out of my control and I will need a surgery and enough rest to fully recover. If I don’t get surgery now I might permanently damage my ankle, which could mean I won’t be able to perform at all anymore. I want to thank everyone for their continuous support and I hope to be able to get back on stage to perform for you guys again really soon.’’