Mis­sion con­cert called off

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - MARTY SHARPE

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.

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