Local Rihanna fans, who were eager for a second instalment of the Barbadian superstar performing LIVE at Kensington Oval next week, are today expressing strong disappointment after her November 1 concert was called off until next year.
“I heard it was slow ticket sales . . . . Oh well, the only thing that is evident is that it’s postponed,” was the reaction of Risko Worrell upon hearing the news.
“Technical difficulties with transport of equipment? Ha, ha,ha! Who really believes that? Logistics person, look for a job; they [are] blaming you,” said Randall King, who also shared his views on the show’s cancellation via the Barbados TODAY Facebook page earlier this evening.
In response to the official release, which blamed technical difficulties associated with the transport of equipment for postponement of next week’s Diamonds concert, Nikki Brown posted: “Total BS. Lame excuse.”
The announcement, which came exactly one week before the show was slated to be held, also took several others, including
Jane Mike off-guard. She commented: “Oh dear, any ideas when it will be on?”
When Barbados TODAY contacted Susan Rosenberg, vice-president of marketing for Live Nation Global Touring, organizers of the Rihanna tour, which included the Barbados leg, confirmed that the concert had been put off.
She also said there was no new date yet, and refused to comment on reports that the concert had been abandoned on account of low ticket sales.
Pressed for further details, she pointed us to a release issued by Live Nation earlier in the day.
“The release speaks for itself. I can’t make any additional comments on it,” she told Barbados TODAY.
Local tourism officials, including Minister Richard Sealy and Barbados Tourism Authority chairman Adrian Elcock could not be reached for comment; but one regional promoter, who is familiar with the ins and outs of putting on big shows and mass
audience events of this calibre, pointed out that “usually when you are on tour and you are depending on technical equipment not found in destination, it is usually sourced outside of destination and shipped way in
advance of the performance event”. He is therefore baffled that the organizers
would have made such an “amateurish mistake”.
In the meantime, fans have reportedly
been bombarding ticket box offices in the quest to get immediate refunds.
A spokesman for the online ticket box office Ticketmaster said it “seems like plenty have [requested refunds]”. The spokesman who did not want to be identified said while he could not give precise numbers “it looks like the entire floor [ground] section [including VIPS] had requested refunds”.
He also reported that refunds were due to start being issued by tonight.
Local organizers were much more tight-lipped about box office sales. All that Jerry Ishmael, the spokesman for Premier Events, would say is that he had no comment to make; and he directed us to Live Nation.
“Live Nation has all of the information, and they have said they will distribute all the information to the Press,” he told Barbados TODAY.
In its official statement, LiveNation said: “Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties associated with the transport of equipment, The Rihanna Diamonds World Tour, originally scheduled for next Friday, November 1, has been postponed . . . .
“The rescheduled date is unavailable at press time, but tickets purchased for the November 1 event will be valid for the rescheduled performance next year.”
It continued: “Fans requiring a refund may do so as follows: fans who purchased in cash may obtain a refund in person upon presentation of the original ticket beginning Wednesday, October 30, through to Saturday November 2, between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lloyd Erskine Sandifird Centre, Two Mile Hill, Bridgetown.
“Fans who ordered online at www. ticketmaster.com, please call 1-800- 745-3000 toll free to have your ticket purchased cancelled. Fans who purchased their tickets via credit card at the Welches Plaza Box Office may obtain their refund in person upon presentation of the original ticket at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, or may mail their tickets
to Premier Office. “We regret the inconvenience,”
the statement concluded. Rihanna’s first and only LIVE
Concert in Barbados to date was held two years ago at Kensington Oval before a capacity crowd. (KJ)