A recent Childish Gambino show in Australia went about as badly as it probably could, and actually ended with the actor/rapper being booed off stage by the crowd, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The show was booked at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, and fans flat out didn't get what they were expecting from Glover and his crew, and they ended up turning on him after the show dragged on for over an hour and a half.
The show got off to a weird start, as Glover didn't actually speak into the mic for the first 40 minutes of the set, but instead just lounged at the back of the stage and fooled around on the turntables while his massive entourage joked around with the audience. When he did eventually decide to start rapping, the effort apparently wasn't enough, as the crowd progressively became more and more upset, and ended up booing him off stage while chanting obscenities at him. Glover was reportedly surprised and visibly upset with the reaction, according to The Guardian.
The venue has since apologized for the performance, and said that he didn't deliver what he was billed to do. The venue's full statement can be read below, while the comments on their Facebook page show just as much disdain for Glover as the fans did who attended the show.
To everyone who came to see Childish Gambino show last night we are as disappointed as all of you. We had the opportunity to present Childish Gambino to Newcastle in an intimate gig and we jumped at the chance as we aim to bring the best possible acts to Newcastle for music lovers. As seen last night, unfortunately we have no control over the acts performance once on stage. For those that aren’t aware, Canberra and ourselves were 2 additional Childish Gambino shows that were promoted in the exact same way as part of his current tour and we were extremely excited to be presented with this opportunity. Subsequently he didn’t deliver on what was billed and expected by everyone, including us. The Cambridge strives to deliver Newcastle the highest quality live music possible and we will continue to do so. Like you, we were equally excited to present the act and its only matched by the disappointment in the performance by the act.