The TribeOne Festival has been cancelled.
International acts Nicki Minaj, J.Cole, D’Banj, Kid Ink and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were due to perform at the festival in Pretoria between 26 to 28 September. Poor planning and disagreements between organisers Sony Music Entertainment Africa and Rockstar 4000 and the hosts City of Tshwane (CoT) seem to be the reason for the demise of the festival. Yesterday TribeOne festival released a statement where they blamed the City of Tshwane and their inability to make the necessary arrangements on the land where the festival was to take place.
'The City has also learnt through various sources that the event organisers have apparently failed to meet some of their financial obligations to the suppliers '
“Site preparation and related infrastructure development required to host the Festival, being the responsibility of the CoT, fell behind schedule to a material extent, such that it was no longer realistically possible to stage and deliver the Festival to the scale and quality that the organizers had always planned,” the statement read.
The City of Tshwane has hit back in their own statement stating that it is the organisers who failed to meet their obligations.
“The organisers had chosen an open space which had no infrastructure whatsoever for the venue, and requested the City to develop roads, install water supply and electricity and prepare the stage area, all of which the City delivered.”
“The City has also learnt through various sources that the event organisers have apparently failed to meet some of their financial obligations to the suppliers they had procured to assist with the staging of the event,” the statement from CoT read.
The matter is now in court as CoT believes that this should not be the end of the festival.
African Star Communications was handling the public relations for the festival and they too released a statement yesterday informing the media that they would no longer be working as the PR for TribeOne.
It’s a sad day for all fans of Nicki Minaj who will not get to see her shake her derrière live in South Africa!