Festivals — October 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Soulfest Australia cancelled, Soulfest Asia adamant that event is still just postponed

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With the news that Soulfest Australia has been cancelled, organizers have assured ticket holders that Soulfest Asia will still be running on its (tentatively) postponed date in December.

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Less than two weeks out from the series of shows that would see Soulfest 2015 head to Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, organizers announced via Facebook that they are cancelling all shows and subsequent sideshows, citing poor ticket sales.

 

The festival had booked American R&B/soul icons Mary J Blige and Lauren Hill as headliners along with a host of other acts like De La Soul, Jhene Aiko and Omarion. The 2014 edition of the festival came under fire for cancelling their local stage in Brisbane at the last minute and damage to the brand from Mos Def’s no show at Sydney Soufest.

 

The news comes five days after Soulfest Asia announced that Soulfest Asia would be postponed until December. Organizers Soulnation Asia were clear that they had “fulfilled all obligations and commitments to the acts, including obtaining the proper licensing and permits.” The change of date was required “due to Soulfest International Australia’s inability to fulfill its commitments to Soulfest Asia, Malaysia’s headliners, Mary J Blige, Jhene Aiko, De La Soul and Talib Kweli.”

 

With the news of the cancellation of the Australian and New Zealand leg of the festival organizers took to social media to clarify that the festival will still be running on the (yet to be announced) postponed date in December.

 

Earlier today, Soulfest Australia announced cancellation. We would like to reiterate that we have not cancelled, we remain postponed despite their inability to fulfil their commitments to Soulfest Asia.

Posted by Soulfest Asia on Tuesday, 13 October 2015

 

 

Stay tuned for further news.