Organisers issue a statement following US rapper Flo Rida bailing on his Fat As Butter set.
Chart-topping US rapper Flo Rida was booked to headline last Saturday’s Fat As Butter festival on Newcastle’s foreshore but he never made it to the seaside outpost.
Fat As Butter organisers issued a statement today about the no-show, saying:
“We are extremely disappointed that Flo Rida decided not to fulfill his commitment to appear at the Fat As Butter festival on Saturday, but we are more disappointed that he let his fans down. We worked overtime to secure his performance, in the months leading up to the festival as well as on the day of the festival itself. Fat As Butter was one of the first shows locked in for his Australian tour and was set to be the largest in terms of audience attendance.”
They claim the absence was out of their control, and even made emergency contingency plans in the hope that he might show up after his set-time, but officially announced the news the moment “we got word that he had definitely cancelled.”
They continue, “Fat As Butter had nothing to do with Flo Rida’s accommodation bookings in Sydney. We were only responsible for his transport to Newcastle, which we had arranged and had waiting for him, as agreed to.We fulfilled all of our obligations in regards to Flo Rida’s booking and appearance.”
While Flo Rida didn’t show up, the close-to-sold-out festival was graced by Naughty By Nature, The Living End, The Jezabels, Empire Of The Sun, and many more indie, rock, hip-hop and dance acts.
They confirm the festival will return and they’re already negotiating with artists for 2012.