News: Live Nation Pulls Plug On Nas At The Last Minute

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 10:50AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap veteran Nas may have some free time on his hands later this month as Live Nation and Niche Productions have reportedly pulled the plug on his headline-billing inaugural Movement Festival hip-hop concert in Australia.

Details of the unexpected move scattered across the Internet this week.

Organizers Live Nation and Niche Productions pulled the plug today on the trek, which billed Nas as a headliner and rounded out its line-up with the likes of 2 Chainz, Chiddy Bang, Joey Bada$$, Angel Haze, Spit Syndicate, Thundamentals and homegrown hip hop chart-toppers Bliss N Eso. The dates were meant to start April 24 at Auckland's Vector Arena, before moving on to Sydney (April 26 at the Hordern Pavilion), Melbourne (April 27 at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl), Brisbane (April 28 at the Riverstage) and Perth's Red Hill Auditorium (April 30). In a joint statement issued today, the promoters cited the withdrawal of Angel Haze (due to a clash in recording commitments) and more recently 2Chainz (due to visa issues resulting from a pending unresolved court case), which they say led to a change of venues in some markets. Those changes "prompted patron feedback that the event no longer reflected what had been advertised," according to the statement. (Billboard)

Despite ample planning, Nas will have to find a way to keep busy next week.

Co-curated by Nas, the traveling fest was announced Feb. 6 with the ambition of "filling the void of credible Hip-Hop events in Australia." So confident were organizers that Movement would be a hit, Nas had confirmed with that initial announcement that he would again be involved in an artistic and programming capacity for the 2014 and 2015 events. A hip hop festival is new territory for the Australian affiliate of Live Nation. The giant music promoter launched its Australian company in 2010 and last year acquired rival Michael Coppel Presents, who is now president of the growing operation Down Under. (Billboard)

Buzz behind the now-nixed event surfaced online back in late January.

"The hip hop event of 2013 is coming" That's how co-promoters Niche Productions and Live Nation are billing the debut of their new hip-hop festival, Movement. The festival which will touchdown in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in April will feature international and local acts including Bliss N Eso, 2 Chainz, Chiddy Bang, Joey Badass and a headline set from Nas. The festival aims to fill "the void of credible hip-hop events in Australia". Nas has curated Movement's inaugural event and will also be involved in an artistic and programming capacity for the 2014 and 2015 events. (Faster Louder)

Last year, the voice of "Maybach Music Group" Jessica Gomes talked about the need for hip-hop to receive more love Down Under.

"I think it's great. I think that's what we need. Definitely more me, I grew up listening to hip-hop. It's the genre I enjoy the most. I think it needs to be more expanded in Australia because we just don't get that. I would love to see an Australian artist succeed in the American market. I will definitely look [Iggy Azalea] up for sure. Good luck to her. That sounds amazing." (XXL Mag)

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