London: Rapper Kanye West has been dropped from three legs of a multi-venue music festival in Australia due to financial cuts.

The 34-year-old hip-hop star was previously scheduled to perform at all of the Big Day Out concerts, but he will no longer appear in Perth and Adelaide in Australia or in Auckland, New Zealand - the three cities where declining ticket sales have seen the festivals downsize, as reported.

"For our 20th year, we have chosen to rebuild the Perth and Adelaide events from the ground up, with a goal to recapturing the magic of early Big Day Out shows. We are not just moving the show to a more suitable venue, but changing the entire design," a statement from the organizers read.

Festival-goers are able to  exchange their tickets for the other events at the Gold Coast, Sydney or Melbourne, where West will still perform.
   
British rocker Noel Gallagher has also joined the line-up, which sees the former Oasis star billed alongside other acts including My Chemical Romance and Soundgarden.

(Agencies)