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Heatwave promoters: “Thefestival has been great!”

It’s the big question of the summer – how could a festival boasting the unquestionable talents of acts including Crazy Town, Chamillionaire and a few of Eminem’s old mates possibly struggle to be a raging success? The organiser of the Heatwave festival, Patrick Whyntie aka rapper Mastacraft who boasts 30,000 iTunes sales for his hit single I Love Porno, seemed to have another sure fire hit on his hands.

Whyntie and the other promoters of the Heatwave festival seemed to do everything right – they announced a lineup with a full 37 days to go before the start of the tour, booked popular and reliable acts, slowly locked in dates at venues with wildly ambitious capacities, and then left planning for minor issues such as liquor licensing to others. Oh, and they instated a progressive ‘shirts off’ dress code for the event.

What could possibly go wrong? It not as though an Australian tour promoter has ever had an issue with a hip hop tour before… at all… at any stage. Ever.

The notion that there weren’t hordes of punters clambering to grab the XXL VIP tickets for the event in Canberra, which offered access to the backstage after party, free snacks and “a special ride on the pimped out HeatWave promo tour bus” for a lazy $615.60 is simply outrageous.

Sadly not everything ran smoothly for the event with headliners D12 missing their flight and shows in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, the Perth event getting axed (due to “discrepancies” between Heatwave and the Perth promoters, MURDA-US Productions), Aussie rapper Kerser bailing on shows and Tech N9ne breaking several ribs while on tour. The Melbourne event fared the worst with the promoters announcing just hours before the show that they had failed to secure a liquor licence and then blaming others including the Victorian police for the problem, Chamillionare failing to appear and Kid Cudi’s set been cut early.

Several Facebook groups trashing the festival’s organisation have appeared in the aftermath of the catastrophic shows including People Who Were Screwed Over By The Douches Who Organised HeatWave, HeatWave = Biggest Music Festival Failure ever and HeatWave Biggest Fck Up Of 2012. One reviewer unfortunate enough to attend the Melbourne show described the mess as “a shambolic excuse for a music festival.”

The Heatwave promoters, who had repeatedly visited the FasterLouder forums to defend their festival planning abilities, haven’t returned to made any comments on the festival’s many failures although it’s possible that they’re simply too busy deleting angry comments from their Facebook pages to respond.

A statement posted on the Heatwave Facebook page this morning simply dismisses any negative comments claiming that their page had been hacked and that “Despite a few media sites who have been riding us since day 1 and focusing only on the negative parts not the bulk of the festival which has been great! We know thousands of you had a GREAT time at a very affordable price. The team has worked hard under some very hard situations to bring you this show… things will only get bigger better and more affordable in the future.”

Hopefully Heatwave doesn’t disappear like Bam and Blueprint and we can do this all again next summer. Wonder what Insane Clown Posse, Tag Team and Len are up to next January?


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MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 24th Jan, 2012

WHO THE MANN? WHO THE MANN?

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 24th Jan, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X1VIyZe3Ws

grattan

grattan said on the 24th Jan, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r362ZGP7QAs

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 24th Jan, 2012

This would be like Germany claiming WW2 a success

Jestarrr

Jestarrr said on the 24th Jan, 2012

grattan definitely had some fun writing this one :D

Fake Plastic Android

Fake Plastic Android said on the 24th Jan, 2012

Serious question.....

Grattan - how massive was your erection whilst composing that article?

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 24th Jan, 2012

Probably should have spent less money on promo girls and more on liquor licences.

chico21

chico21 said on the 24th Jan, 2012

Simpsons: "Welcome to Itchy and Scratchy Land where nothing could possibli go wrong. Possibly go wrong. That's the first thing that's ever gone wrong."

crob

crob said on the 24th Jan, 2012

hahahaha amazing read...

LukeWarm

LukeWarm said on the 24th Jan, 2012

does this mean we can put our shirts back on now?

Fake Plastic Android

Fake Plastic Android said on the 24th Jan, 2012



Those girls don't look like they would have cost much.

katiecunningham

katiecunningham said on the 24th Jan, 2012

i know it's only january, but i'm gonna come out and say that this is the news story of the year. bravo, grattan.

sarahanne

sarahanne said on the 24th Jan, 2012

Guess who's back, back again....

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 24th Jan, 2012

when i grow up, i want to be grattan.

deanoss

deanoss said on the 24th Jan, 2012

Dumb fuck Promoter is dumb

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 24th Jan, 2012

heatwave should be the new term for when something shit exceeds your own expectations of how shit you actually thought it was going to be.

'oh man i just got back from my first date with the supermodel i met online, she was like 50 years old, she had 2 kids, a grandchild, a penis, and then she gave me aids, it was a total fuckin' heatwave'

'the new season of big bang theory just started, it's soooo heatwave'

batdan

batdan said on the 24th Jan, 2012

Crowd shots from the Middleton (SA) are awesome, so much space. No complaints about queues.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 24th Jan, 2012

Did they seriously pay that fuckstain Jaydos to do a promo video for their festival?

So much AIDS...

DinkiDIDude

DinkiDIDude said on the 24th Jan, 2012

and just to think, if they had 'Heat Wave' festival in the 14th century Dante Alighieri wouldnt have needed to fuck around with the whole 'Inferno' part of his divine comedy...........

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 24th Jan, 2012



Are you a relative of Radical Man by chance?

crob

crob said on the 24th Jan, 2012



so the gates of Heat Wave should read "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here"

chrisdsingh

chrisdsingh said on the 24th Jan, 2012

I got food poisoning on the day I was supposed to review Sydney's Heatwave. Thank you dodgy kebab shop, thank you.

DinkiDIDude

DinkiDIDude said on the 24th Jan, 2012



I dont know whether to be offended or reward you



no silly.....its "Abandon all SHIRTS, ye who enter here"

frusciante

frusciante said on the 24th Jan, 2012

i'm probably alone on this, but i actually went to heatwave and managed to have a brilliant time. kept my shirt on and ended up freestyle rapping onstage with chamillionaire, even heckled crazytown from sidestage. still an awfully bad festival though.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 24th Jan, 2012

JOHN FRUSCIANTE WAS AT HEATWAVE!

monokhrome_nite

monokhrome_nite said on the 24th Jan, 2012

John Frusciante freestyled with Chamillionaire?!?!

chrisdsingh

chrisdsingh said on the 24th Jan, 2012

if john frusciante heckled crazy town they would def break down crying on stage.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 24th Jan, 2012

john frusciante being at heatwave makes this suddenly the best festival ever.

craig123

craig123 said on the 24th Jan, 2012

so thats where BAM went wrong , no plastic flyers and paper tits

crob

crob said on the 24th Jan, 2012

holy shit that video is horrible.... i'm guessing the promo girls were payed in drinks

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 24th Jan, 2012

The video is hilarious. Just quietly, I think Heatwave should learn from THIS guy about advertising:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTNWpqOTzuc

heatwave2k12

heatwave2k12 said on the 24th Jan, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjvc08ziuti

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 24th Jan, 2012

"The video you have requested is not available."

You can't even get video responses right.

This is amazing beyond belief.

Like, I really want the twist to come in. The big fucking reveal at the end that really this was run as some sort of undercover Today Tonight expose on the plethora of music festivals in the market or something. Or that you guys are actually owned by Chugg Entertainment and this is all a part of a big reveal for some actually interesting tour later this year. Or something. Anything.

This is too good to be true.

monokhrome_nite

monokhrome_nite said on the 24th Jan, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjVC08ZiUtI

That's the video he tried to link to. No caps and stuff.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 24th Jan, 2012

there are way too many shirts in that video for it to be the actual Heatwave fest.

crob

crob said on the 24th Jan, 2012

i can't believe he came back on....

crob

crob said on the 25th Jan, 2012



well.... the beginnings of heatwave can be found here

Bandolier

Bandolier said on the 25th Jan, 2012

now all we gotta do is see if harvest festival 2 can out-shitfest heatwave for biggest festival clusterfuck of 2012.

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 25th Jan, 2012

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/47/Apu.png

Jestarrr

Jestarrr said on the 25th Jan, 2012



Yeah, because Harvest one was just so terrible, with the amazing headliners, great bands, beautiful locations and whatnot.

therat

therat said on the 25th Jan, 2012




First time Werribee has ever been described that way

Jestarrr

Jestarrr said on the 25th Jan, 2012



Werribee might be complete shit (in every sense of the word), but the Manor was amazing.

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 25th Jan, 2012

There's no "might be" when it comes to the shitness of Werribee

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 25th Jan, 2012

The Royal Blind Society suggested it for its stunning scenery

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 25th Jan, 2012

Blind as in blind drunk, right?

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 27th Jan, 2012

take it from someone who lives in touching distance. werribee is a factory for the kind of people who would attend heatwave.

grattan

grattan said on the 16th Mar, 2012

So who's coming to the Gaelic tomorrow?

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/421762_324258634299410_175974002461208_892726_403602131_n.jpg

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 16th Mar, 2012

funny you bump this. Billboard Boxscore just released some figures from the brisbane leg of the tour today.

Heatwave Festival: Kid Cudi, Tech N9ne, Obie Trice, D12, Crazy Town and others @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Brisbane, Australia
Jan. 17, 2012
Revenue: $75,919
Tickets sold: 721 /1,798

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 16th Mar, 2012

LUNCH WITH MASTA CRAFT?

Where the FUCK do I sign up?

crob

crob said on the 16th Mar, 2012

LUNCH WITH MASTA CRAFT?

Where the FUCK do I sign up?

FYI it costs you your soul

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 16th Mar, 2012

So maybe the closure of the gaelic wasnt entirely the arts fault (just like 90% their fault)