I’ll be miss­ing you bad

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CLUBBING -

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.

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