Jersey Rap Fest Takes Cancellation To Court
The promoters of an Atlantic City, N.J., hardcore rap music festival that was abruptly canceled this week will ask a federal judge to let the show go on Sunday (Aug. 25) at a city-owned stadium.The promoters of an Atlantic City, N.J., hardcore rap music festival that was abruptly canceled this week will ask a federal judge to let the show go on Sunday (Aug. 25) at a city-owned stadium. On Tuesday, officials with the Atlantic City Surf baseball team, who sublease Sandcastle Stadium and had booked the concert for the venue, canceled the Summerfest 2002 event featuring rappers N.O.R.E., Styles, and Khia. They cited police warnings about the potential for violence at the show.
Mike Daily, an attorney for show promoter Platinum Link Entertainment, said he'd file legal papers today in U.S. District Court in Camden, N.J., seeking an emergency hearing on the matter. Daily said he would argue that Surf officials violated their contract, citing a 1997 ruling that prohibited the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority from banning a performance by controversial rocker Marilyn Manson.
Surf General Manager Mario Perrucci said he would refund the promoters' $10,000 deposit and arrange for refunds for fans who bought tickets at the Sandcastle box office.
"Refunding money is secondary when you're talking about the safety of the public," Perrucci told The Press of Atlantic City today.
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