When the Halftime Music Festival announced its inaugural edition in Tampa earlier this spring, we noted that the rate of success for first-year festivals in this town is not high.
Sure enough, days before the festival, Halftime organizers said that the fest, scheduled for Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, has been postponed.
"Due to a scheduling conflict with some of the artists" — who were to include Snoop Dogg and T.I. — the fest has been postponed until June 9, according to a statement on Facebook. Festival producer Reese Caezar said the problem was a "double booking by the agent of Snoop. It literally was Snoop's office that messed this up."
That could mean changes for the festival's lineup when it returns next month.
The new ticket link for the festival only mentions T.I. as a headliner alongside undercard acts Karol G, Baby Rasta y Gringo and Brytiago. For now, that might mean Snoop is out. The organizers' statement says only that "a new lineup will be announced shortly."
"Our plan B would be, it's gonna be a bigger show, it's gonna be a bigger headliner," Caezar said. "It is a much bigger headliner."
The 8,000-plus fans who purchased tickets to Saturday's festival can use those tickets in June, or seek a refund through the festival's organizers, NoNaNi Entertainment. Prior to the Halftime Music Festival, the group's only other major event in town was a 2017 club appearance by Trey Songz.
— Jay Cridlin