Australian musician Tash Sultana has courted controversy after announcing they will be performing in Saudi Arabia.
The singer-songwriter, 28, who is non-binary, took to social media on Thursday to reveal they will be performing at the Soundstorm musical festival next month.
However, some of Tash’s fans have criticised them for performing in a country that has been denounced by many groups for violating human rights.
‘Love ya music but Saudi’s government is crap. Shame on you Tash,’ one person said on social media.
‘Really? Boo! Lost respect for you,’ another commented on the post.
‘Everybody is anti Saudi until there’s an offer they can’t refuse – LGBTQ community should feel hard done by here,’ a third wrote.
Another person questioned: ‘Performing in Saudi Arabia?’
The festival, which is set to go over three days, will also feature Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix and David Guetta.
Tash is a self-taught musician who has been playing the guitar since they were three-years-old and began their career through busking and posting music online.
They rose to fame in 2016 when their single Jungle was voted third place in the Triple J Hottest 100, followed by a world tour the next year.
The self-taught artist previously spoke about how the record-writing process affected their health.
In an interview with the Gold Coast Bulletin in 2019, Tash said they no longer smoke ‘heaps of cigarettes’.
‘I don’t smoke and I rarely drink,’ they told the publication. ‘And I would only have a ciggie when I got drunk, it’s everyone’s excuse.’
Since giving up smoking, Tash has already noticed the difference in their voice and ability to hit their famous high notes.