(AllHipHop News) Organizers of the Big Day Out Festival in Australia have issued a statement defending Kanye West, after the rapper appeared on stage more than 45 minutes late to the dismay of a crowd.
According to reports, Kanye West took to the stage at the Big Day Out Festival more than 45 minutes late during his first date on the tour, due to heavy rain.
The rapper’s tardiness upset the crowd, who waited in the rain for his performance.
Additionally, Soundgarden lead Chris Cornell trashed Kanye West’s set, after complaining his music was too loud.
“Sounds like there’s children playing music there, retarded children, retarded as in held back,” the frustrated 90′s rocker said. “There’s no other word for it.”
But organizers of the Big Day Out Festival commended Kanye West for drawing the largest crowd, in addition to performing in uncomfortable circumstances.
“Stop picking on Kanye – the technical problems that delayed his start time by 45 minutes were from rain damaging our equipment,” organizer Ken West said in a statement. “The fact that he had the biggest crowd of the day and delivered an incredible performance with the huge crowd staying to the end of set even though it was 45 minutes later than scheduled is a testament to what a great artist he is. The next shows will be amazing Miss them at your peril.”
The news of Kanye West’s wraps up another bad weekend for Hip-Hop in Australia.
Rapper Kid Cudi trashed the stage at the Heatwave Festival over the weekend, after organizers cut his set short.
Prior to that, a popular promoter was featured in an article complaining about American Hip-Hop artists, and their behavior in Australia while on tour.