Friday, 6 February 2009

BIC denies 'concert crunch'

The doors of the Bournemouth International Centre will remain firmly shut tonight after the former lead singer of Texas, Sharleen Spiteri pulled her show.

In a statement Spiteri's promoter Live Nation said: "It is with regret that the Sharleen Spiteri show at the Bournemouth BIC on Friday 6th February has been cancelled. Due to the current economic climate the ticket sales for the show are just not strong enough to ensure successful shows."

A spokesman from the BIC said: "They've completely refunded everyone who had tickets, no one's lost any money from it."

However the BIC insist that sales for its other live events are not being hit by the economic downturn: "We have been selling as well as any other time, people still want to see shows."

In the case of Scottish born Spiteri it may simply be the location of the concerts that led to poor ticket sales. Gigs across Scotland including Glasgow and Edinburgh in January were all sold out and events in Manchester and Sheffield also attracted large crowds.

The BIC spokesman added: "She hadn't done as well in Bournemouth and the south as in other places."

This may be the more likely explanation than a 'concert crunch'. Spiteri has also cancelled other concerts in the south.

Live Nation added: "The Plymouth show has also been cancelled but the remainder of the tour will take place as planned."

Spitari will perform at the Symphony hall in Birmingham on the February 8 and at The Royal Centre in Nottingham on February 9.

To contact the BIC regarding a refund or upcoming events call 0844 576 3000 or visit

For more details on Sharleen Spiteri's upcoming concerts visit

To see other events promoted by Live Nation visit

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