PROMOTERS of popstar Ellie Goulding’s axed Scarborough gig have vowed to bring another big name to the town this summer.
Disappointment and dismay greeted news of the cancellation of the Brit Award-winning singer’s scheduled June 11 show at the Open Air Theatre – less than two days after tickets went on sale.
Entourage Global, the company promoting the show, blamed “unforeseen circumstances” for the decision.
A spokesman for the Scarborough-based firm said they were disappointed at the cancellation, but added they were in advanced negotiations to attract another big-name star to the venue.
He added: “Substantial negotiations took place with Ellie Goulding’s agent and management in an attempt to re-schedule the show.
“However, unfortunately due to her significant commitments out of the country an alternate date was not available.
“We sincerely apologise to everyone who has supported the event and bought tickets. Ticketline.co.uk will contact everyone who has bought tickets very shortly to arrange refunds.”
Scarborough’s X-Factor star Sophia Wardman, whose band Belle Amie were set to support Goulding at the Open Air Theatre show, revealed her huge disappointment at the axing of her much-anticipated homecoming. The former Raincliffe School and Yorkshire Coast College student was also due to perform a special gig at the Glass House Bistro in Northstead Manor Gardens with her bandmates on Saturday, followed by a meet-and-greet session with fans, but both events were called off as a result of the cancellation.
Janet Deacon, area director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said she had bought tickets for the concert, and added that while she was disappointed at the cancellation, Sir Elton John’s forthcoming gig was proof that Scarborough could still attract the big names.
She said: “It is a blow to hear that Ellie Goulding won’t be coming, my daughter and her friends were really excited about seeing her and I’m sure she would have been a great act.
“However, we still have Sir Elton John coming to the Open Air Theatre and a name like that is a real coup for Scarborough.
“If you get people like him coming that is going to attract other big names to the venue.
“While it is disappointing Ellie Goulding won’t be performing now, I hope she can come again another day.”
Miss Wardman, who made it to the fourth round with Belle Amie in last year’s X Factor competition, said she was devastated not to be showcasing her band’s new material in her home town.
She added: “We are all gutted, everyone was so excited and looking forward to it.
“It would have been amazing to have brought the band to Scarborough and the Open Air Theatre.
“The girls are really disappointed too because they have never been to Scarborough.
“I would have loved to have had them here and shown them around the town and taken them to the beach.”
However, the 23-year-old said the band remained upbeat despite the setback and were looking forward to the release of their new single, Girls Up, in August.
Open Air Theatre factfile:
The cancellation of Ellie Goulding’s concert marks another chapter in the highs and lows of Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre since its official opening by the Queen last year.
• Its first gala evening attracted a sell-out 6,500 crowd as opera superstars Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Jose Carreras took to the stage.
• The venue also saw huge audiences for an 80s Rewind concert featuring artists including Boy George, Rick Astley and Paul Young.
• Sir Elton John will play at the venue next month with tickets for the highly anticipated event selling out in minutes.
• However, a comedy roadshow last year starring top national talents such as Jack Whitehall and Reginald D Hunter failed to ignite great interest among fans and a music festival headlined by the Doves and Newton Faulkner also drew poor crowds.
• An Extreme Sports Festival, due to include a performance from ska-pop legends Madness was axed after organisers ran into difficulties.
• And an 70s and 80s extravaganza featuring Eurovision icons Bucks Fizz, ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again and Earth Wind and Fire tribute act Serpentine Fire was another event to fall short of the venue’s 6,500 capacity.