P. Diddy and Missy Elliott are officially off the mammoth hip-hop and R&B Supafest tour.
Earlier today, Missy Elliott has spent time on Twitter denying her participation in the forthcoming Supafest tour, despite being an advertised act for months.
She mostly recently responded to a fan, “awww baby yes I was never confirmed 4 that. but there will be many great artist there so u will still have fun:)”
Now Supafest have officially announced that both Elliott and P. Diddy won’t be coming out.
Supafest Producers Dwayne Cross and John Denison said in a press release:
“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”.
The festival still includes Chris Brown, T Pain, Ludacris, Ice Cube, Trey Songz, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Big Sean and Naughty by Nature.
Saturday April 14 – Brisbane, RNA Showgrounds
Sunday April 15 – Sydney, ANZ Stadium
Saturday April 21 – Melbourne
Sunday April 22 – Perth, Joondalup Arena