Andrea Bocelli fans demand payout after last-minute Birmingham cancellation
Furious Andrea Bocelli fans are demanding compensation for money they spent travelling to a concert which was cancelled at the last minute.
The Birmingham Post has been inundated by disappointed fans, some of whom had shelled out hundreds of pounds to see the Italian tenor perform at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena on Sunday – only to be told it was off at 7.30pm, the time it was due to start.
The blind singer, who has recorded a string of chart-topping albums, was said to be ‘devastated’ at the cancellation which was due to a throat infection.
But his devastation is unlikely to equal that of fans who had travelled across the country to see the singer perform one of only four UK concerts this year.
A number of fans have contacted promoters Kilimanjaro and Harvey Goldsmith asking for compensation.
Neil Chesterson and his wife Kathleen drove a 265-mile round trip from Morpeth in Northumberland and spent two nights in a Birmingham hotel. The concert tickets were a birthday gift for Neil who turned 52 on Friday.
“We spent £147 on tickets and another £250 on travel, hotel and meals,” he says. “I was gutted when they said it was cancelled. We are not rich people, we live on a council estate, but we saved for that.”
Mr Chesterson has contacted Harvey Goldsmith’s office asking for a contribution to his costs and awaits a response.
Colin Richards travelled with his pregnant partner Marie Ashmore from March in Cambridgeshire.
“We had until 2pm on Sunday to cancel the hotel but by 7.35pm it was far too late,” said Mr Richards, a 39-year-old emergency response engineer.
“We spent £100 each on the tickets and then a further £250 on a hotel for Sunday night, travel and meals. But when I contacted Kilimanjaro they simply said we were being offered tickets for another date and that was it.”
Ticket-holders have been promised their tickets are valid for a new date in November or refunds will be available but, so far, no offer of compensation for additional expenses has been offered. Refunds are also available for tickets bought for the NIA car park.
The Post has approached the promoters for a statement but has yet to receive one.