Tampa's Halftime Festival postpones May 5 concert, organizers blame Snoop Dogg's agent

UPDATE: Tampa Sports Authority says Halftime Music Festival is postponed indefinitely.

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click to enlarge Snoop Dogg, who was supposed to perform in Tampa on May 5, 2018. - By Jørund Føreland Pedersen [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
By Jørund Føreland Pedersen [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Snoop Dogg, who was supposed to perform in Tampa on May 5, 2018.

Snoop Dogg and T.I. were supposed to headline the inaugural Halftime Festival on Saturday, May 5, but ticket holders might want to find something else to do on Cinco de Mayo.

On April 29, organizers announced that the festival would be postponed until June 9. The Facebook announcement blames "a scheduling conflict with some of the artists."

UPDATE: According to Tampa Sports Authority spokesman Bobby Silvest the festival has been postponed indefinitely.

Our friends at the Tampa Bay Times wrote that festival producer Reese Caezar blamed the problem on a "double booking by the agent of Snoop."

"It literally was Snoop's office that messed this up," Caezar said. "We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience," organizers wrote. "Thank you for your understanding."

Halftime's new ticket page still has T.I. listed as a headliner along with reggaeton acts Brytiago, Baby Rasta y Gringo and Karol G. Snoop Dogg returning seems unlikely (although this Live Nation listing for the June 9 date still lists the rapper). Existing tickets will be honored at the new date, but refunds are available at point of purchase. 

Organizers, for their part, think the snafu could work out in fans' favor.

"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."

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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