It was almost exactly seven weeks ago during Miami Music Week when glossy flyers advertising a gig by Kid Cudi at La Covacha started showing up all over the city, tacked to telephone polls, tossed in the gutter, and being used at the Vagabond as coasters for Colt 45s.
The show was being promoted by two new club crews, Major Event Marketing and Uprise, and tickets were being sold for $45 via inticketing.com. Or if you really wanted to swag the fuck out, $90 for a VIP pass.
Recently, Crossfade published a preview of this gig. But late last night, Kid Cudi took to his Tumblr to announce that the show at La Covacha is a fake. For their part, Major Event Marketing and Uprise appear to have been duped. Just like us.
On his Cud Life Tumblr page at 10:09 p.m., the Kid wrote:
"The show promoted for May 20th in Miami is fake, dont fall for it. If you already bought tickets, you might wanna go pay somebody a visit cause they owe you your money back! Handle that!"
So Crossfade contacted Jake Annear and the rest of the team at Uprise, who claimed to have been mislead, promised full refunds for all tickets, and issued the following statement:
"Uprise is not about lies and thievery. Any enterprise in this world, any act of creation is bound to grow in fits and starts, and embarrassingly, we stumbled right out of the gate. The bottom line remains that all tickets bought for the Kid Cudi show on 20 May 2011 at the Cove will be refunded in full with details emerging on our facebook page.
"We would like to make it clear that our ultimate goal is to propagate the shows and events that we believe in. It is a constant struggle to maintain your bullshit detectors in this age of information and unfortunately ours were not prompt enough with respect to the booking of Kid Cudi. In a word we were misled. And if you think we don't realize the importance of first impressions, then you're clearly not from around here.
"We fucked up. That much is clear. Now what? We have to work twice as hard to convince you that we are committed to throwing the most [swagged-out](or whatever phrase works) parties in Miami. We are working hard to rebook Kid Cudi and provide Miami with the music and events that we have promised."
Meanwhile, Major Event Marketing made an announcement via Facebook, placing some of the blame on a changeover in Cudi's management team:
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"Major Event Marketing/ Up-Rise presents: Kid Cudi in Cudder's Summer, May 20th, at The Cove Miami, Fl is cancelled due to a miscommunication with Kid Cudi's new management and them not upholding his prior management obligations. We are currently working with his new management on postponing the show and rescheduling it later after he returns from his tour.
"If you purchased tickets from the Inticketing web-site you will be refunded your money's back directly from the site and if you purchased a physical copy plesse send your email to the event page and we will work on getting you your refund."
Stay tuned to Crossfade for further information on refunds and other updates.
CANCELED Kid Cudi with ¡Mayday!, Saheed, and GhostWridah, hosted by Major Event Marketing and Uprise. Friday, May 20. La Covacha, 10730 NW 25th St., Doral. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30. Tickets cost $45 general admission or $90 VIP via inticketing.com. Ages 18 and up. Call 305-594-3717 or visit lacovacha.com.