On Sunday 8th August 2021, Metrofest kicked off at the beautiful Trent Country Park in North London. This groundbreaking inaugural retro RnB and Hip-Hop festival brought you some of the World’s hottest DJ’s and iconic artists across seven incredible stages.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Blackstreet and Mya, who were scheduled to appear on the main stage, refused to perform at Metrofest for their loyal fans who bought tickets for the event.
It is also very disappointing that Blackstreet have since released an 18-minute video on their social media accounts, containing false accusations in an attempt to shift the blame onto the Metrofest team.
Blackstreet and Mya were fully paid for their set at the festival but refused to leave their hotel, citing that their PCR test results were unavailable. We can categorically confirm that the documentation was sent to both artists, this is part of the same documentation provided by us for them to gain entry into UK.
We have fulfilled all of our contractual obligations and completely refute the false allegations in the video. We are appalled by this unprofessional behaviour which in turn resulted in a string of hold ups.
To be clear, Metrofest has copies of all of the artists test results in compliance with UK Government regulations, which were arranged and paid for privately by our team. All artists were emailed their results.
The Metrofest team worked tirelessly to deliver this festival to the public in 2021, after our initial debut event was postponed by a year due to Covid regulations.
Due to all of the above factors, including unseasonal weather and unforeseen artist travel logistics, Metrofest, as per TFL regulations, closed the perimeters of Trent Country Park. This affected traffic and delayed performers appearing as scheduled for the festival. Metrofest sincerely apologises for the show's late-running, which led to Bobby V’s set time being cut short.
To address the situation surrounding ticket holders that were refused entry due to late arrival, unfortunately, due to our licence, ticket holders were not allowed entrance after 5pm. This was communicated in our T&C’s to ticket holders in advance. We obtained authorisation and were able to close the doors at 6pm, giving everyone an extra hour.
A special thanks to the artists that joined us across all Metrofest stages, and a special thank you to our international artists who travelled to the UK and adhered to the correct protocols: Bobby V, Jon B, Horace Brown, Fatman Scoop and our headliner Fat Joe, who performed in the UK for the very first time. Metrofest wants to thank all fans who attended our first event.