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Are cancelled shows the new rock & roll?

There has been a rake of cancelled Irish shows in the past few weeks, due to illness, missed ferries or our old friend “unforseen circumstances”. The roll-call of bands who’ve blanked Ireland – or who were blanked by Irish audiences …

Mon, Jun 9, 2008, 14:30

   

There has been a rake of cancelled Irish shows in the past few weeks, due to illness, missed ferries or our old friend “unforseen circumstances”. The roll-call of bands who’ve blanked Ireland – or who were blanked by Irish audiences – now includes Santogold, Gregory Isaacs, Mystery Jets, Black Mountain and, of course, the Animal Collective palaver.

It will be interesting to see if any of the big acts heading to Ireland in the coming weeks pull a sickie or some other variation on the “unforseen circumstances” excuse. Indeed, there’s a lot of chatter doing the rounds at the moment that one high-profile show due to be held in Dublin this month is about to be cancelled (as a spokesperson for the promoter has categorically denied that this is the case, I’m not including the act’s name here).

However, as only the promoter and those who have access to Ticketmaster’s daily ticket tallies really knows exactly how a show is doing, don’t expect to hear the real reason – ie tickets just did not sell – if a show is pulled. We really hope promoters will be imaginative with their reasons for pulling gigs this summer – what about a dose of scurvy or getting arrested for going on the rampage in some redneck town in the United States?