I’ll be missing you bad
Sean ‘‘Diddy’’ Combs (pictured) is fuming because his first Australian gigs have been axed. The hip-hop star was booked to play his first shows Down Under as part of Supafest, which begins on Saturday in Brisbane. However, organisers dropped Combs and fellow headliner Missy Elliott from the line-up because of falling ticket sales. Combs took to Twitter to vent his frustration. He tweets: ‘‘I wanna come to Supafest but it’s not up to me. The promoters never sent the money for the show, I love you guys! I’m mad as (expletive) . . . Australia. I’m very upset that the promoters that contracted me to come never fulfilled the damn contract! My bags are pack (sic) . . . My 1st ever Australian tour is going to be cancelled because the promoters did not fulfil the contract! Crazy!!!’’ Combs urges his Aussie fans to launch a campaign calling for him to appear at Supafest, which is set to go ahead with R&B singer Chris Brown as the main headliner, T- Pain, Ice Cube, Lupe Fiasco and others on the bill. Diddy adds: ‘‘If anyone knows the promoters call them or tweet them and ask them ‘What the (expletive)!!!’ Tell them y’all want me to come! I’m ready!’’. In another message to organisers, he says: ‘‘Stop playin’ around and come thru with what y’all agreed to in the contract!!! Don’t cheat the people! Give em what da want!’’ Missy Elliott used Twitter to tell a fan she was not coming: ‘‘No baby, I won’t be there – lies.’’ Supafest producers Dwayne Cross and John Denison say trimming the festival of two headline acts was the only way to stop Supafest going bankrupt. ‘‘People may not be aware 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,’’ they say in a statement. ‘‘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.’’
Chris Brown, T-pain, Ice Cube, Lupe Fiasco and more play Supafest at RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, on Saturday.