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For one shiny spring day in September, since 2008 the Newcastle foreshore has been transformed into what has now become one of the biggest parties on the Australian festival circuit – Fat As Butter.
The 2012 lineup was announced earlier this week, headlined by Good Charlotte and joined by fellow countrymen Yellowcard. Mariana’s Trench from Canada and the UK’s Mystery Jets will play alongside Aussie stalwarts Grinspoon and 360. And there’s a random dose of old-school 90’s dance thrown in with Eiffel 65 and N-Trance on the bill.
Last year’s event pulled in more than 15,000 punters, but it also saw festival organiser Brent Lean face every promoter’s worst nightmare: a major act booked and paid for not showing up for the gig. American hip hop act Flo Rida skipped his set and it’s still not clear as to why he didn’t front up. Lean immediately took legal action against the artist for all damages and costs to the festival.
In March this year, the NSW District Court put a freeze on Flo’s assets in Australia. In April, Flo Rida was ordered to pay just over $80,000 for pulling out of the Fat As Butter festival. Lean and his team have physically tried to serve him in person while he was in Sydney for other appearances and Lean’s company, Mothership Music, was also recently given permission to serve the rapper though Facebook.
With no response from the artist or his management as yet – Lean says he will pursue the case relentlessly until they get some recourse for the fans.
Senior Journalist, Patrick Abboud spoke with Brent at his offices in Sydney as he gears up for this year’s event.