High-profile artists have hit out at the promoters of Australian hip-hop festival Supafest, with P.Diddy tweeting he is "mad as f---" about a breach of contract and Missy Elliott saying she was falsely advertised as a headliner.
Supafest promoters Paperchase Touring and Entertainment yesterday released a statement saying P.Diddy and Missy Elliott's performances at the festival in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth were cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
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Hip-hop fans have taken to social media, outraged over the announcement P.Diddy and Missy Elliot have been pulled from the Supafest line-up.
But Missy Elliott's management said she was never contracted to play, while P.Diddy took to Twitter overnight, saying promoters had not sent him his payment.
A Supafest spokeswoman said yesterday that P.Diddy and Missy Elliott had both been "confirmed" to appear but the producers Dwayne Cross and John Denison had to cancel their appearances.
"It was a heartbreaking decision for both of them but it was purely financial."
Missy Elliott's manager Mona Scott-Young released a statement this morning saying there were early discussions with Supafest to have her perform, but she was never confirmed nor contracted to appear.
But her name was put on advertising for the festival anyway, Scott-Young said.
"It has come to our attention that Missy Elliott was being falsely advertised for Supafest.
"The promoter began advertising without confirmation from our end or contracts as it pertains to Missy's appearance.
"It is unfortunate when this happens as this dishonest behaviour hurts everyone involved.
"It not only damages the reputation of the artist, but most importantly it disappoints the fans who spend their hard earned money on tickets expecting to see the artist.
"On behalf of Missy Elliott and our entire team, we apologise to her fans for the false promotion and are taking measures to resolve this matter."
Missy Elliott said in the statement she hoped the festival would still be great.
"I feel awful that my fans have been led to believe I will be in Australia."
Overnight P.Diddy wrote a string of tweets to his 5 million followers slamming the promoters, saying they should come through on the conditions of the contract.
"I wanna come to supafest but its not up to me," he wrote.
"The promoters never sent the money for the show I love you guys! I'm MAD as f---."
He also wrote: "Attention Australia!!!! My 1st ever Australian tour is going to be cancelled because the promoters did not fulfil the contract! CRAZY!!!"
Cross would not comment on the artists' statements when contacted by smh.com.au this morning.
The Supafest spokeswoman said the promoters did not want to make any further comment.
But she said fans could get a refund on tickets if requested.
Supafest's Facebook page has attracted more than 1000 comments from fans, many of whom are asking for refunds or replacement acts.
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