Last weekend, Nicki Minaj flew to China to perform at Shanghai’s DWP festival. Her 90 minute set would reportedly earn her $3millionUSD. Alas, Nicki arrived on November 18—with her stage already fully built, according to reports—only to find out the entire festival was one huge scam.
See, DWP is also the title of the Djakarta Warehouse Project—a festival held in Bali every December for the last ten years. Last year’s Bali DWP attracted the likes of RL Grime, Mura Masa, and Afrojack. Despite DWP China using DWP Bali’s typeface, design, and name, the two share no affiliation.
This information only surfaced days before the festival, when this notice appeared on DWP China’s website. Nicki’s management team may not have caught on early enough—the rapper reportedly only found the fraud moments before her scheduled set, which she declined to perform. According to Shanghaiist, she was promised a crowd of 8,000 but only 1,000 patrons arrived to the venue. Some festival-goers reportedly spent 3,000 yuan (around $600AUD) to attend the fraudulent festival.
Before Nicki flew back home to the US, she posted a (since-deleted) apology to her fans, promising to come back with a real partner.