The dates were all set for November 2012. The Stranger Family from the UK were going to team up with Culture Shock from Canada for a UK tour – 11 dates through 9 cities featuring all the stars including Sunny Brown, Lomaticc, Baba Kahn, Mumzy Stranger, Char Avell, Ramee & Tasha Tah. But from the moment Culture Shock landed at Glasgow airport, things didn’t go according to plan. Let’s take it from the beginning:

Sounds promising right? They even made a single to go with it:

Culture Shock landed in the UK on 1st November but unfortunately they didn’t make it to the Glasgow gig:

Culture Shock then released a vlog talking about the problems they’ve had with Jamal from Tiffin Beats Records, who manage the Stranger Family. Jamal was allegedly unprofessional in organising the group’s transport and was also accused of failing to pay both Culture Shock & The Stranger Family:

Since that video, Tiffin Beats Records have released a very detailed official statement regarding the whole situation:

“The XOXO tour was setup as collaboration between Culture Shock and Tiffin Beats Records to showcase both UK & Canadian artists. The spirit of collaboration was started in July with the two teams working together on a track called XOXO whilst both management teams worked together on the UK tour. Unfortunately no marketing support was given by Culture Shock despite various promises and assurances given by them.

Culture Shock arrived in UK at Gatwick arrivals on 1st November the day of the first tour at 11am, Security and tour bus driver had been waiting since 10:30am. They were whisked onto the bus immediately and the tour bus continued on its journey to Glasgow via pick up of Stranger Family members.On route to Glasgow, the tour bus trailer suffered a puncture. The recovery company took over 2 hours to recover the vehicle and Tiffin Beats Management commandeered 2 cabs from Sheffield at a cost of £700 to get the artists across to Glasgow in order not to let the fans down. Unfortunately the artists arrived nearer 1am and the venue closed at 12:30am. Despite all our efforts the artists were unable to perform. All ticket holders were informed that another gig would be setup so not to let the fans down.Culture Shock were informed before the tour that ticket sales were very poor (350 tickets out of 4400 were sold) and following Glasgow, Newcastle and Bradford, the Tiffin Beats management decided to cut its losses and cancel the rest of the touras the UK audience were not interested in seeing both sets of artists and ticket sales reflected that.Culture Shock were contracted to perform 11 shows at $2272 per show which was inclusive of all expenses. They were paid $5000 in September as a deposit and subsequently, $3000 dollars was spent on them over the first 4 days to cover hotels, transportation, food and petty cash.The payment owed for the 3 shows were $6818 and they were paid $8000.It is very disappointing that they put a blog out stating that they have received no payment which is a complete lie.The reality is that there was no buzz on Culture Shock in the UK and they did nothing to help create any. Tiffin Beats made a business decision to cancel the tour having suffered a loss of £15k rather than continue making further losses. We were disappointed however in reality only 150 ticket holders were disappointed and they were fully refunded.Culture Shock is only trying to deflect the reality which is the lack of their popularity in UK by trying to target the blame on to the management. They forgot the spirit of collaboration and the vision of accessing new fans and instead have resorted to blame culture in the public eye.With reference to Ramee, she felt that what happened in Glasgow was the managements fault and thus has decided to leave the Stranger Family brand.Ramee is a Tiffin Beats Records contracted artist and although we are disappointed that she has aired her views in public, the label and its management are in no way in breach of any of its contractual duties and have in fact invested a lot of time, effort and money in developing her career. We will continue to have constructive dialogue with her to come to an amicable position.Tiffin Beats Records have and always will put our fans first and make every effort to give them amazing music and access to see its artists perform. We at Tiffin Beats are very lucky to have such dedicated and loyal fans and fully appreciate the many messages of support we have received from them and many professionals from the industry.”
Here’s how the story unfolded on Twitter:
So there you have it. Ramee has joined the Stranger Family exodus alongside Junai Kaden. The XOXO Tour is no more, but fortunately for the fans Culture Shock have given rise to the Rippin Tiffin Tour. What do you think?

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