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Human League pull Dublin show due to “repeated failure” of promoter to pay dosh

As spotted by OTR reader Ciaran over the weekend, The Human League have not just pulled out of the forthcoming Summer Sessions fest at Dublin’s Iveagh Garden, but they’ve also left no-one in any doubt about the reasons for same …

Mon, Apr 16, 2012, 08:58

   

As spotted by OTR reader Ciaran over the weekend, The Human League have not just pulled out of the forthcoming Summer Sessions fest at Dublin’s Iveagh Garden, but they’ve also left no-one in any doubt about the reasons for same and we’re talking about a whole new set of “unforeseen circumstances”.

Per the band, they’ve cancelled their forthcoming Dublin show due to “the repeated failure of the promoter, Mr John Greaney of The Event Company in Naas, to make any of the scheduled payments we were due under the terms of our contract with him whatsoever.”

The band also point out that the promoter (profiled in his own words here) has “stopped replying to our e-mails and all attempts to contact him by telephone this morning (Friday, April 13) have failed”.

The Human League advise fans who purchased a ticket to see them at Summer Sessions to seek a refund and offer “sincere apologies” for what has happened. “We have tried our very best to ensure this concert took place but without some guarantee our costs will be reimbursed to us we cannot book air tickets, ferries and so on, so events are now beyond our control.”

Replying to a fan who had purchased tickets that day to see the band in Dublin and who pointed out that the band’s participation had been mentioned on The Late Late Show on Friday night (in the context of an appearance by fellow Summer Sessions act Stereo MCs), The Human League apologised that the fan has been “misled” in this way. “We had informed the promoter by e-mail on both Thursday evening and Friday afternoon that we were most definitely not appearing at this event…given that the Late Late Show is broadcast live, we would have thought there was ample time for them to correct the announcement of the bill.”

It’s not the first time that the Human League have been involved in a problem with an Irish festival in recent times: the band were one of those affected by the Some Days Never End festival’s venue problems in 2008.

While the band’s name has been removed from the Summer Sessions’ line-up on their website, the promoters did miss out on this page when they were doing their edits, where the band are still mentioned with the line “The Human League have not been to Ireland for a number of years now” (factually untrue as the band played Dublin’s Vicar Street in May 2011).

Other acts scheduled to play the festival include Razorlight, Sharon Shannon, The Stranglers, The Undertones, The Kanyu Tree, The High Kings and Paddy Casey.

Emails to the promoter have not been replied to at the time of going to press.

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