Gong Plea To Fans After Promoter Panic
Gong have pleaded with fans to buy tickets for their November UK tour early after two shows were cancelled in an outbreak of “promoter panic.”
In some parts of the UK audiences normally buy passes in advance, meaning those backing the shows can be sure of covering its costs.
In some areas, however, it’s normal for people to buy at “walk-up,” meaning they part with their cash at the door on the night. In the current economic conditions promoters for those shows can become concerned they’ll lose money, and cancel them.
Concerts booked for Gong at Newcastle and Leeds next month have been called off for that reason, leading to the band calling for those who have decided they’ll be attending a show to pay in advance, warding off the risk of “promoter panic.”
A statement says: “The energy is high and the band are a-buzzing. But to complete the circle of any concert, your presence is vital and eagerly requested.
“Newcastle and Leeds were cancelled – slow pre-sales caused promoter panic. After years of Gong concerts we know the walk-up is always higher than other gigs.
“If you are coming, please buy a ticket in advance to soothe the nerves of the odd jittery promoter. Please do not tarry in booking.”
Gong UK tour
01/11: Brighton, Concorde 2
03/11: Southampton, The Brook
04/11: Bristol, O2 Academy
05/11: Leicester, The Musician
06/11: Bilston, Robin 2
07/11: Norwich, Arts Centre
08/11: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
09/11: Manchester, Band On The Wall
10/11: Liverpool, O2 Academy (with Here And Now)
11/11: Cumbria, Alston Town Hall
12/11: Glasgow, Abc
13/11: Leeds, Irish Centre
15/11: Cardiff, University Student Union
16/11: Exeter, The Phoenix (with Invisible Opera Company of Tibet)
17/11: Falmouth, Princess Pavilion (with Invisible Opera Company of Tibet)
18/11: Oxford, O2 Academy
19/11: London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
21/11: Leamington Spa, The Assembly