An upset fan has filed a class action lawsuit against Osheaga Festival organizer Evenko because their Friday night headliner showed up over an hour late for his set. University student Megan Le Stum is suing for reimbursement since she and many others left the festival suspecting headliner Travis Scott was a no-show.
Rapper Travis Scott was set to perform on Friday, Aug. 3 at 9:45 pm and play until 10:55 pm at the Montreal festival. Scott, who released his third studio album Astroworld, on the same day did not take the stage until 11pm and only performed for 40 minutes instead of the scheduled 65. In the suit, Le Stum says she and others grew tired of waiting and left by 10:30pm.
Osheaga took to social media that Friday night to explain the situation, detailing that Scott was late due to “border delays.”
Travis Scott was experiencing border delays, he is on his way to OSHEAGA! Stay tuned for the party!
Travis Scott a été retardé aux douanes, il est en chemin pour OSHEAGA! Restez prêts, le party s'en vient! #Osheaga
— OSHEAGA (@osheaga) August 4, 2018
Scott was not the only act troubled by delays over the course of the three-day festival. American hip-hop trio had to cancel their earlier set on Saturday and play about eight hours later and DJ Maseo’s set was canceled entirely due to travel issues.
According to the Montreal Gazette, in the class action suit, Le Stum explains that she saved up money from her part time job to purchase a three day ticket to the event and would not have attended if Scott had not been on the lineup. The filing argues that Osheaga had a responsibility to stick to the schedule it announced.
“The crowd was euphoric to see the rapper for the last show of the day, however the spectacle didn’t start on time” the class action request reads.
Osheaga’s information page tackles the concern in their FAQ section. Under “What if an Artist cancels their performance?” the site reads “All Festival performers, including headliners, are subject to change or cancellation at any time without notice. No refunds will be issued if a festival performer is changed or canceled.”
In it’s 13th year, Osheaga sold-out with 45,000 attendees at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Tickets ranged from $115 Canadian (about $88 USD) for single day GA to $1,150 Canadian ($880 USD) for platinum weekend passes. The suit is seeking the cost of the one day GA pass plus taxes.
If the lawsuit gets approved by a Superior Court judge, it would take months to resolve.
Evenko has declined to comment on the lawsuit.