In an article released by ABC earlier this year, Soulfest promoter John Denison says about the Australian Artists and Soulfest...
"These artists have been trickling out of us for years in an underground way," says Denison. "So our legacy will be giving them a voice. It's their festival as much as it is ours, because they've developed the market for us in a grassroots way here."
Not so at yesterday's first annual neo-soul, hip hop and jazz festival in Melbourne.
Yesterday morning, Soulfest released a statement on facebook stating that "Due to a combination of operational and logistical issues - the local stage will not be operating today. All local artists will not be appearing. We apologize to our local artists and the punters for this inconvenience."