The Supafest promoters have issued a statement regarding the cancellation of headline acts P.Diddy and Missy Elliot just days out from when the first event kicks off in Brisbane. The statement claims they have had to cancel the acts to keep the festival financially viable for the future.
There is no mention in the statement of whether or not they will be refunding tickets.
There is speculation that Missy Elliot did not even know she had been booked for the festival.
Read the official statement:
“We are very regretful of our decision to modify this years 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”.