Sunday 6 October 2019

Why Can’t Australia Make Hip-Hop Festivals Work?

[First published on Junkee]

It’s not clear who of the headliners, or how many, hadn’t been granted visas in time. But either way you string it, it’s Groundhog Day for hip-hop festivals in Australia. Supafest, Soulfest, Movement Festival, Rap City, and more have all struggled to break through, falling prey to the fate of rap festivals in Australia.

A number of artists have faced their fair share of difficulties over the years too. Tyler, the Creator has finally been granted entry into Australia despite not being accepted since 2015. And just last year Skepta was denied entry for his tour on the basis of character grounds, but had the decision overturned.

Lil Uzi Vert, Ski Mask tha Slump God, Young Thug, Snoop Dog, and countless others have all pulled out of, or not made, booked appearances in Australia over the years, for a number of reasons. So why can’t we make it work?

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