What’s going on with Supafest?
UPDATE 18/4 3:50pm: Supafest has been postponed until November – read the full statement here.
Will Supafest follow in the footsteps of the Live Nation/Niche-presented Movement Festival, which pulled the pin earlier today? Homeless in two states and with promoters going to ground, speculation is mounting that the 50 Cent-headlined event – set to take place on the same days as Movement in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane – will be cancelled as soon as today.
Following confirmation that Supafest had lost its Melbourne venue, the festival’s publicity team contacted FL late yesterday noting that rumours about the cancellations are completely false and promising to provide “an official statement shortly”. FL responded with a series of questions for promoters at 4pm yesterday afternoon. However, at the time of publication, the promoters could still not be reached. The latest missive from organisers was an email sent out last night, which confirmed that the festival would be taking place next week and that “all artists are confirmed”. But in a confusing twist of events, US rapper Big Sean had magically appeared on the poster, which is all well and good, expect that Big Sean has a gig booked in New Haven, Connecticut, on the same day as Supafest’s Melbourne date.
Signs were looking ominous yesterday when FL broke news that Supafest would not be taking place at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse as planned. In a statement provided to FL, the Victorian Racing Club confirmed that Supafest’s booking was cancelled after promoters failed to meet their “contractual obligations”. A short time later, Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds confirmed that Supafest would no longer be taking place there either.
With Supafest now homeless in two states, FL sought comment from Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, where the festival is set to take place on April 26. While their media department refused to comment on the possible cancellation of the event, they told FL to expect an official statement this afternoon. As for Perth Arena, a representative said they were unaware of any potential postponement or cancellation: “As far as [we are] aware Supafest will be going ahead next Thursday the 25th of April.”
Despite the lack of an official confirmation, several hip-hop news sites are reporting that Supafest has been cancelled. Hip-Hop Australia announced last night that “various reliable sources” have confirmed that the tour won’t happen, while Stash claims to have word from “a credible news source” that the festival is “99% cancelled”.
The uncertainly about the festival and the lack of communication from promoters has angered ticket-holders, some of whom have taken to social media to complain. “Fucking reply SUPAFEST,” said one irate punter, “there are hundreds of people that have made arrangements to go to your festival that apparently isn’t on now.”
Last year’s Supafest was beset by cancellations, with Diddy, Missy Elliott and Rick Ross all disappearing from the lineup and the festival struggling with a reported $2-million debt.
Supafest 2013 dates and venues:
Thursday, April 25 – Perth Arena, Perth
Friday, April 26 – ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Saturday, April 27 –
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Sunday, April 28 –
RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane