Bad day for hip-hop festivals: Movement cancelled, Supafest postponed

Movement Festival and Supafest: what do they have in common? They’re both nationally-touring hip-hop festivals, they’ve both faced a string of setbacks, and today they’ve both been shelved. Movement Festival was set to kick off a four-date tour next week, bringing the likes of Nas, Bliss N Eso and Iggy Azalea around the country, but this morning promoters announced the festival would not be taking place. Just hours later, the 50 Cent-headlined Supafest (also due to kick off next week) followed suit, advising fans the event was being rescheduled for November.

So what went wrong? For Movement, the trouble started when internationals Angel Haze and 2 Chainz both withdrew from the festivals, citing clashing recording commitments and a pending court case respectively. They were replaced by Iggy Azalea and Diafrix, but it wasn’t enough to save the festival. “Live Nation and Niche Productions regret to advise that it has become necessary to cancel the inaugural Movement Festival, which was scheduled to take place in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth next week,” Movement’s statement advised. “Recent developments…. led to a change of venues in some markets, which has prompted patron feedback that the event no longer reflected what had been advertised.” Tickets will be refunded.

Problems for Supafest, meanwhile, started to heat up this week. First, the festival lost its Melbourne venue after promoters failed to meet their “contractual obligations”. Shortly after, the Brisbane venue followed suit. “As had been reported on various forums over the past 24 hours, Dwayne Cross, Principal of Chase Records, has confirmed that there was difficulty completing venue contract arrangements for the Melbourne and Brisbane legs of the festival and, as such, he has been unable to proceed with the tour at this time,” Supafest’s statement announced. “While this news will come as a great disappointment to ticket holders and urban music fans alike, Chase Records has confirmed that all artists currently promoted on the bill will be available and willing to be part of Supafest 4 in November. The actual dates and venues will be released shortly.” But as bad as things may look, keep in mind this isn’t the first time a hip-hop festival has run into problems. Who else remembers Heatwave?