Nelly and T-Pain call out Australian festival for “false advertising”
According to its website, a new festival known as The Boulevard is scheduled to hit venues in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane next month. There’s just one major problem: there’s no lineup.
Nelly had been advertised as a headline act for The Boulevard but, as Perth Now reports, the rapper has taken to Twitter to warn fans not to buy tickets to the shows.
— Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) January 31, 2016
Nelly’s name no longer appears on the festival’s website or social media accounts but AutoTune master T-Pain, who is listed as the “first major act announcement” on The Boulevard’s Facebook page, has also distanced himself from the event. Speaking to News Corp, a spokesperson for The Boulevard Tour organisers, Fundamental Creative, claimed that the company was renegotiating with Nelly and T-Pain and “hoping to deliver both artists on this tour.”
I will not be performing in Australia. We were in talks but never received a payment…#tpaintruth
— T-Pain (@TPAIN) February 1, 2016
A spokesman for the Perth venue confirmed that the site had been booked for The Boulevard Tour, but Perth Now has raised suspicions about the festival’s legitimacy by questioning the availability of the advertised venues in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Sydney’s All Phones Arena and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre will be hosting Madonna on the days The Boulevard claimed it would using those venues. While the Melbourne show at Rod Laver Arena clashes with a Bryan Adams concert. According to the The Boulevard site, the shows in the three east coast cities are now scheduled to take place at new venues although the site’s line-up page is currently blank.
Despite all of this tickets for the Perth leg of The Boulevard tour are on sale anyway and range from $106.10 for general admission up to $381.50 for VIP tickets. Packages for up to 10 people and featuring a private waiter, two Bottles of Moet and abottle of vodka are being sold for $5,054.10.
The Boulevard’s Facebook page directs fans on the east coast to Ticketek for tickets, but the ticketing site doesn’t actually feature a listing for any of the festival’s dates.
The Boulevard dates
Thursday, March 17 -Luna Park (Big Top), Sydney
Friday, March 18 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Saturday, March 19 – Taylor Reserve, Perth
Sunday, March 20 – Eaton Hill, Brisbane