After failing to perform at a show in October, an Australia judge decided that it was gonna be an expensive no show for Flo Rida and his management.Organizers of the “Fat as Butter” Festival were awarded the $400,000 decision.
The 32-year-old singer, infuriated 11,000 fans at the $110-a-ticket concert when he told organizers, minutes after he was due to go on, that he would not be performing.
“Flo Rida has slept in and will not be able to make the concert,” organizers told the hostile crowd.
Mothership Music said 2000 patrons had left the festival as soon as the cancellation was announced, leading to a loss of food and beverage sales.
The organizers were bombarded with angry emails, and blasted on Facebook and Twitter, which cost the promoters valuable sponsors and caused a significant drop in ticket sales for this year’s festival, which they were forced to sell for $99.
Judge Judith Gibson said upon her decision: “All of these angry patrons demanded a refund, sometimes in confronting language, such as: ‘You guys didn’t deliver what you advertised and I paid for.’
“People spoke of being “angry”, feeling “ripped off” and “unfair and slack conduct”.
“Sponsors were lost as news of the no-show spread far and wide through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The no-show by Flo Rida damaged the trading reputation of the plaintiff, impacting its ability to stage future events, attract patrons and compete with rivals in the music event industry,” Judge Gibson said.
She ordered Flo Rida and VIP Entertainment and Concepts to pay $380,400 in damages and $37,745 in legal fees.