It’s been a busy week for concert publicists. In the early hours of Saturday morning, it was confirmed to ZALebs that American rapper Rick Ross would no longer be performing at the Durban leg of the Rick Ross Block Party concert series.
Durbanites can’t catch a break right now. A week after Music Is King was forcibly postponed due to adverse weather conditions, concertgoers were dealt with bad news on Saturday when multiple sources confirmed that Rick Ross would no longer be performing eThekwini. As it currently stands, the Maybach Music boss is due to land in South Africa at 5 PM on Saturday and will be heading straight to East London for Sunday’s show.
The news came as a shock to many in the industry. According to ZAlebs’s understanding, the show was called off by promoters after their funders pulled the plug on capital at the last minute. Promoters Nu Wave Entertainment said in a statement,
“In the light of the funding issues met by us as organizers, NuWave Entertainment has reluctantly decided to cancel the Durban Rick Ross Block Party. This decision was made following full consultation with all the relevant partners who are aware that the event is not going ahead at this time. We sincerely regret the disappointment and disruption caused to individuals who were looking forward to seeing US rapper Rick Ross and all local musicians,”
Fans on social media were bemused by the news:
So Rick Ross concert has been cancelled? 🙆🏾♂️
— Train of Thought (@RealMarvMeister) December 21, 2019
Rick Ross concert got cancelled.
— Neo Sukude (@neo_sukude) December 21, 2019
Why is the Rick Ross show cancelled?
— Taking a Break from Arsenal (@TsikiMabala) December 21, 2019
According to the official correspondence, Sunday’s Rick Ross Block Party concert in East London is still scheduled to go ahead as gates at Buffalo Park open at 12 PM. ZAlebs has also learned that a new concert date for Rick Ross has been added to his tour. The rapper will be performing at the Mmabatho Stadium on Tuesday, 24 December.
Insiders are said to be disgruntled with the nature of the cancellation. A ZAlebs source confirms that they were informed of Nu Wave’s financial issues on Friday afternoon – leaving suppliers with little to no time to make alternative arrangements.
Who would want to be a music festival organiser in South Africa right now?
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