MATT Cardle’s Boston gig has been called off at the eleventh hour leaving fans devastated and the organiser at loggerheads with the council.
The X Factor winner announced he will not be performing in the town following news the venue was refused a licence by Boston Borough Council on grounds of public safety.
The chart-topper was due to perform at Boston Town FC on Saturday.
Organiser Mick Vines said he was ‘gutted’ by the committee’s decision and had hoped to switch it to the Princess Royal Sports Arena.
In a statement to his Facebook fans on Sunday, Cardle’s management wrote: “The organisers, having initially not sought a licence to hold the event at Boston FC, haven’t been able to demonstrate adequately that they were able to put on the show in a new venue at such short notice.
“Matt feels let down by the events over the past few days and we apologise to all fans who made plans to attend. It would be wrong for this event to go ahead with Matt’s fans not getting the show they deserve and the organisers promised.”
Mr Vines refutes claims he was not able to put on the show at another venue and also vowed to appeal the sub-licensing committee’s decision.
In a statement on Monday, Cardle’s management also said they only found out on the internet that the licence had been refused. It aded they had made it clear on Thursday an alternative venue was not an option so were ‘disappointed’ this message wasn’t portrayed at this time – Mr Vines disputes this version of events.
The Standard kept everyone up to date with news updates on our website, drawing messages from fans.
On our website, user Nickyb37 wrote: “I have booked VIP tickets for this event and a hotel in Boston as I live in London. A lot of Matt Cardle fans are very upset. This is very bad publicity for Boston. I have friends that will have to cancel flights from Ireland.”
Hundreds also posted on Cardle’s Facebook page. Kowgirl Jenkins wrote: “Why were they even selling tickets to an unlicensed event?” Another simply wrote: “Matt I wanted to see you so much. I am crying now I won’t get to see you.”