Live Nation cancel drive-in concert series planned for Welwyn Hatfield
PUBLISHED: 20:44 15 July 2020 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 July 2020
A major drive-in concert and theatre series set to open in Hertfordshire next month has been cancelled by organisers.
Live Nation Entertainment was due to promote a programme of live concerts at Colesdale Farm in Northaw, near Potters Bar.
However, the Utilita Live From the Drive-In series has been dramatically cancelled by organisers over fears of localised lockdowns.
The drive-in shows were due to take place at 12 venues across the country, including Liverpool, Bolton, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Newmarket and Lincoln.
Northaw was the event’s ‘London’ venue, with Birmingham, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Teesside also on the tour.
The opening Northaw concert was due to feature former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley on Thursday, August 6.
A statement from Live Nation this evening said: “The Live From The Drive-In concert series will no longer proceed as planned this summer.
“We received huge support from artists, the live music production contractors, our headline sponsor Utilita along with our other partners, and of course you, the fans.
“However the latest developments regarding localised lockdowns mean it has become impossible for us to continue with the series with any confidence.
“We thank everyone for their support and eagerly await a time when we can watch live music together again.
“Full refunds will be issued directly to all ticket holders within the next seven days.”
Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall was due to play the series in Northaw on September 14.
She tweeted: “Absolutely gutted. The ‘Live from the Drive-In’ shows have very sadly been cancelled.”
The Lightning Seeds were also due to play the concerts.
They tweeted this evening: “We are bitterly disappointed to receive the news today that the promoters have cancelled all the Drive In Shows this summer.
“We were really looking forward to these shows and thrilled to get the opportunity to see each other and to see our fans.
“This cancellation was completely out of our control, but we are informed that everyone will be automatically refunded.
“We look forward to seeing you all when live music is finally allowed again.”
Frontman Ian Broudie tweeted: “We were so shocked and disappointed when we were told this morning.”
As well as concerts in the Welwyn Hatfield borough by acts as diverse as Tony Hadley, Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, The Streets, Boyzlife, Russell Watson, Embrace and Gary Numan, the event was also due to stage theatre performances of musical SIX.
Extra performances of the West End hit were only announced this week, with a number of shows already sold out.
Producers of SIX the Musical are devastated at the news.
In a joint statement, SIX producers Kenny Wax, Wendy and Andy Barnes and George Stiles said: “This devastating news has come out of blue and hit us all for six.
“We are so sorry to disappoint the thousands of fans who have booked tickets and sold out many dates on the tour.
“It is also a sad day for our West End and UK Tour Queens who had already started rehearsals and our entire team of over 60 people who were all working so hard to deliver a spectacular show.
“Despite the Government announcing stage three of Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden’s road map permitting performances outdoors with an audience, the planned tour was due to visit 12 cities, several of which have since been identified as emerging COVID infection hot spots.
“We know that ultimately there is nothing more important than the safety and wellbeing of our company and the Six Queendom. We look forward to better times.”
The live concert series was also due to feature a Rewind Festival show featuring Toyah, Altered Images and Heaven 17.
Toyah tweeted today (Wednesday, July 15): “It is with huge regret that everyone involved with the DRIVE IN team cannot proceed as planned this year for the 3 REWIND shows.
“Your safety is paramount, all tickets will be refunded from point of purchase, I wish you & your families health & happiness at all times. Toyah xxx”
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