Missy Elliot & P Diddy Pulled & Now Rick Ross Fails To Show
In crushing - but perhaps unsurprising - news for the thousands of folks who've already bought Supafest tickets, both P. Diddy and Missy Elliot will not be coming out for this year’s festival due to lower than expected sales. It's not getting any better for festival organisers either with Rick Ross failing to show in Australia.
Supafest fans were sent a text message this morning from the festival informing them that Ross Ross would not be performing: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, RICK ROSS failed to enter Australia today and will not perform at Supafest.” Even worse, it seems Ross has been spotted courtside at a Miami Heat game.
According to MTV
, though there has been speculation about his recent health
, Ross pulled out at the last minute due to “unfulfilled contractual obligations". A representative from the bawse's camp went on to say that, “Ross was looking forward to touching the people of Australia. This event is one of biggest urban festivals in Australia and he is very disappointed that he will not be performing. It is unfortunate that the payment arrangements did not meet contractual deadlines.”
Sales for Supafest 2012 have been steady and look like they will surpass last years attendances of 90,000, but in a refreshingly honest press release issued earlier this week, festival organisers Paperchase say the numbers fall well short of the producers expectations. Consequently, this forced them to pull two of the biggest names from the bill. Refunds for each state will be available until Wednesday 25 April from Ticketek
(VIC, NSW, QLD) & Ticketmaster
Supafest Producers Dwayne Cross and John Denison stated, "We are very regretful of our decision to modify this year's festival artist bill and it came with great pains to both of us. People may not beware but an artist such as P. Diddy only performs a handful of shows a year and to have secured him to appear at our event was monumental. We made the early decision to extend our budget for our event this year to try and make it bigger and better and were hoping for a greater response. Not withstanding this outcome we are thankful that the event will draw a larger audience than last year, but not sufficient enough to justify our additional investment. So a very hard decision had to be made for the survival of the event in future years to come. We understand that the majority of festivals have been down in numbers this year - some even cancelled!! We happen to be one of the few that have increased our turnover, but unfortunately our improvement wasn’t sufficient to ensure commercial viability. We are extremely proud of the event that we will stage this year and know that people will have a fantastic time. To those fans that we have disappointed, we apologize. We are promoting the RnB / Hip Hop genre with such a commitment in this territory and we ask you to please keep supporting Supafest and enjoy what promises to be a memorable event".
While all other acts remain on the bill, after this and Mos Def's 2011 Hot BBQ no show, you'd be forgiven for wondering why it's so difficult to lure top-drawer hip hop acts to Australia.