'I now have a few days to eat noodles'

IN S’PORE: Niles “Cyranizzy” Hollowell-Dhar, the man behind The Cataracs.

US indie dance act The Cataracs were clearly excited at the prospect of playing to their Singapore fans this evening as part of the 1 World Festival.

On Tuesday, Niles "Cyranizzy" Hollowell- Dhar, the man behind The Cataracs, posted on Twitter: "I'm about to hop on this epic journey of a flight to Singapore..." 

But Hollowell-Dhar was in for a rude shock when he landed at Changi Airport on Thursday.

He posted on Facebook: "Just got to Singapore and first thing they told me was the 1 World Festival is cancelled. Sorry Singapore... But I'll be exploring the city if you wanna hang."

He was one of several acts that reacted on social media to the last-minute cancellation of the festival, which was to have taken place tonight and tomorrow night at Marina Barrage.

On Wednesday, organiser Retfar Entertainment called off the festival "due to unforeseen circumstances".

The festival's line-up included rap maestros Snoop Lion (previously known as Snoop Dogg) and T-Pain, electronic dance DJ-producer Moby, and rising hip-hop stars Iggy Azalea and Tinie Tempah. Over 30 acts were expected to perform.

Hollowell-Dhar told The New Paper: "It's really a shame, I was looking forward to seeing the Singapore fans. But on the bright side, I now have a few days to eat noodles and hit the arcade at Bugis Junction."

Booked local artists were just as disappointed.

Angry

DJ Andrew T, 35, said: "At first, I was quite angry, then it was more disappointment than anger.

"It was something we were really looking forward to."

He added that he had already been paid for his performance, which was supposed to have been tomorrow night.

DJ Inquisitive, whose real name is Leon Ho, 28, said: "I was really looking forward to it."

He will be spinning regularly at Club Mansion next month.

"I turned down a few offers during this period for 1 World Music Festival," added Ho, who was notified of the cancellation via e-mail on Wednesday and has yet to be paid.

Singapore Idol Sezairi Sezali, rapper Kevin Lester and percussion band Wicked Aura declined comment.

Nanyang Polytechnic student Farihin Joehari, 20, was devastated that the festival he had been counting down to was called off.

"I think it's unprofessional for them to call off the festival two days before the event," he said.

"They were over-ambitious, there were so many acts!"


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