You probably haven’t heard about Heatwave, a multi-city Australian hip-hop tour. But you will hear about it soon because it’s on its way to becoming the first festival disaster of 2012. Forget the high ticket prices and cancelled Perth show and let let’s take a moment to savor the total fuck-up of Heatwave Melbourne.
Chamillionaire is a no-show. Heatwave is unable to obtain a liquor license. D12 is missing members. Tech N9ne’s set is cut short. Then Kid Cudi takes the stage and all hell breaks loose when his mic is turned off twenty minutes into the set.
Want to see what happens? Of course you do:
Well, he trashes the stage. But at least Kid Cudi has a reasonable explanation on his blog:
“If my set is EVER cut short at any show, im trashing the stage. Not out of anger, it takes a lot to get me furious nowadays, but out of principle. The fans always deserve a full set at all shows, especially when they spend their hard earned money on expensive tickets. A lot of artist wouldnt do what I did in Australia, but I will. Spread the word. No matter the circumstance, cut my set short, im breaking shit. And next time im startin a riot. Me and my fans. Cause promoters will sometime take advantage of the artists, and u gotta let em know what time it is. Cutting nobody any slack.”
Oh wait, he wants to start a riot? Promoters have got to love that.
Speaking of promoters, the Heatwave guys have been too busy pulling down negative comments on Facebook to issue any apologies. But oh no, that fickle creature known as the Internet is beholden to no corporate suits. Facebook fan pages like HeatWave = Biggest F*ck Up Of 2012, Fuck You Heatwave, and HeatWave = Biggest Music Festival Failure ever have popped up on the Interwebs demanding refunds from festival.
According to the Heatwave Facebook page, everything is sunshine:
Despite a few media sites who have been riding us since day 1 and focusing only on the negative parts not the bulk of the festival which has been great! We know thousands of you had a GREAT time at a very affordable price.