The organiser of the 1 World Music Festival said the event that would have brought acts such as Snoop Dogg and Far East Movement to Singapore this weekend has been called off.
In a press statement on Wednesday, event organiser Retfar Entertainment said the festival has been scrapped due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
Singapore pop-culture website Popspoken cited a source from Retfar Entertainment as saying that ticket sales had been “good” but that the cancellation was due to “production and licensing issues”.
The organiser didn't elaborate, but it apologised for the "unfortunate conclusion", adding that the staff behind the festival are a passionate bunch that were "very disheartened" at the turn of events.
It thanked everyone that believed in this event and who planned to attend.
Those who have bought tickets and tables sold for the event will be refunded accordingly, the organiser said.
Buyers should contact their ticketing agents for details beginning 25 September, it added.
The cancellation has caught many by surprise as as recently as Monday, Snoop Dogg had tweeted that he was coming to Singapore.
The music festival, which was slated to be held at the Marina Barrage on 20 and 21 September, had boasted of a star-studded lineup that also included Yuna, N.E.R.D., Iggy Azalea and Moby.
German trance duo Cosmic Gate, who were slated to play at the festival, tweeted about their disappointment at not being able to perform in Singapore.
We just heard the sad news that 1 World Music Festival was canceled! Sorry Singapore we hope to see you again soon!! http://t.co/qA1f1MRNNa— Cosmic Gate (@cosmicgate) September 18, 2013
Meanwhile, some fans said the last minute cancellation was "ridiculous".
How could they scrapped off 1 world Music Festival at the last minute ??! This is ridiculous.— Safuwan chance (@Imsafu) September 18, 2013
Quite shocked to hear that #1WorldFestival is suddenly cancelled. :(— Jinhua Kuek (@kuekj) September 18, 2013
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