Supafest organizers have announced this afternoon that hip hop stars P.Diddy and Missy Elliot will no longer be performing at the festival, which kicks off in Brisbane this Saturday.

The promoters have released the following statement.

“It is with great regret that Paperchase Touring and Entertainment announce that both P. Diddy and Missy Elliot’s performances at this year’s Supafest event will be cancelled. All other acts remain on the bill and are excited about coming to Australia to perform.

“Supafest is widely regarded as one of the world’s premier Urban Music Festivals - the event and it's producers pride itself on having the leading artist’s of the genre perform each year at Supafest. In its third year, the event last year received worldwide media acclaim which eventually put enormous pressure on the producers to make this year’s event bigger and better. A considerable amount of investment was used to lure the best available talent, and also to invest in larger production and upgrading venue amenities.

“The sales for Supafest 2012 have been steady and look like they will surpass last year’s attendances of 90,000, but in effect these numbers fall well short of the producers expectations to ensure commercial viability. Consequently, this has forced them to slightly modify this year’s event to ensure that Supafest carries on in years to come.

“Both P. Diddy and Missy are legends of this genre but with the inability to ensure the events future, drastic decisions had to be made to ensure the Festivals commercial viability. Paperchase are extremely disappointed P. Diddy and Missy Elliot won’t be joining the festival this year, but are hoping they can work with these legendary artists in the future.”

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Supafest 2012 Dates

Sat April 14 - RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
Sun April 15 - ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Sat April 21 - Showgrounds, Melbourne
Sun April 22 - Joondalup Arena, Perth

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