Mission concert called off
The Mission Estate Concert has been cancelled.
Event director Garry Craft made the announcement on Friday morning.
He said the announcement followed ‘‘an exhaustive search’’ for an A-list replacement for Neil Diamond, who sadly had to pull out of the sold-out concert due to his recent diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease.
He said that he had searched the world over to find a suitable replacement and that the decision to cancel was not taken lightly.
‘‘Nobody wanted this event cancelled. It’s a nowin situation,’’ he said.
‘‘We were sold out and had put major investment into infrastructure for the concert, and concertgoers hadn’t just bought tickets, they’d also made travel and accommodation plans.’’
The concert was to have been on March 17.
‘‘The dates simply didn’t work for any of the artists we thought would work in our unique environment and we have decided that continuing on with the concert was simply untenable.’’
A full refund will be issued to
each customer’s purchasing credit card.
If it is expired or cancelled, ticket purchasers will be contacted for bank transfer details.
‘‘The Mission Concert apologises for any inconvenience this cancellation has caused to its loyal supporters,’’ Craft said.
Organisers promised an update on a new act by Monday last week, after the sudden withdrawal of legendary American musician Neil Diamond following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
On Monday evening, a post on the concert’s Facebook page said organisers were still ‘‘in discussion with two exciting artist possibilities’’ for the March 17 event.
‘‘This process is not a simple one and involves a lot of people making decisions that we have no control of,’’ the statement said.
Mission Estate Concert event director Garry Craft says the dates ‘‘simply didn’t work’’ for any replacement for Neil Diamond, left.