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Refunds in question over cancelled Lil Wayne performance

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Lil Wayne performs during Hot 97's "Busta Rhymes & Friends: Hot For The Holidays" at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The AP reported on July 14, 2017, that a story circulating online that claims the rapper announced that he was dying of skin cancer is a hoax. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

Columbia, S.C. (WACH) -- It was a night of disappointment for Midlands fans as popular rap artist Lil Wayne failed to take the stage at his scheduled performance at the Colonial Life Arena (CLA).

Lil Wayne's performance had been scheduled for several months. However, according to officials with Colonial Life Arena, disagreements between the artist and promoters over safety issues led to Lil Wayne not performing.

While unclear what exact safety rules were being questioned for the venue, CLA and officials representing Lil Wayne could not come to an agreement and his part of the show was called off.

CLA initially released a statement saying they were not going to bypass its safety standards and put patrons, performers or staff members in jeopardy. They also stated refunds would be given out started Monday at 10 am.

However, officials with the arena say they received a letter today from promoters of the Fall Ball saying they were retracting their offer for ticket refunds, citing reasons like the flyers never mentioned Lil Wayne as the headliner or as this being a "Lil Wayne concert."

CLA then released an updated statement saying:

"Colonial Life Arena received a letter today from the promoters of the 2nd Annual Fall Ball retracting their offer for ticket refunds. CLA disagrees with that decision. We are in discussions with the promoters and will continue to represent the interest of our patrons regarding refunds. However, a resolution will not be finalized by 10 a.m. tomorrow when refunds were scheduled to begin. As we continue to seek a positive outcome for our patrons, we ask for your patience and apologize for this inconvenience."

Other issues cited by the promoters say artist 2Chainz and Lil Wayne both threatened to cancel if Cardi B was allowed to perform as the last act.

There is still no word on if/when refunds will be given.

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