Northern Ireland

Frank Sinatra impersonator mix-up at Waterfront Hall

A row has broken out over a Belfast concert involving a West End Frank Sinatra impersonator.

Twelve hundred people bought tickets to see Stephen Triffitt at the Waterfront Hall on Thursday evening.

But it turns out he is performing in Missouri in the United States instead.

Promoter Joe Gallagher from Strabane said he can not be blamed as he only heard of the double booking 48 hours ago. He said a show will go on with a last-minute stand-in.

Stephen Triffitt, who is the UK's best-known Sinatra impersonator, was used in advance publicity and promotion.

Another Frank Sinatra impersonator, Louis Hoover, claims he was approached to provide an alternative show back in October.

Contracted

"This is a concert advertised as Stephen Triffitt going to be on stage in the knowledge full-well that he won't be and that he'll be 4,000 miles away basking in the limelight at the Fox Theatre in St Louis," he said.

"Pull out at the last minute - that's ostensibly pull out at the last minute - but he was contracted to the Rat Pack in America as long ago as two months ago."

Mr Hoover said he has made the police aware of what has happened.

Mr Gallagher told BBC News that Mr Triffit would not be appearing in Belfast because of "contractual difficulties."

We wanted to ask Mr Triffitt when he made the promoter aware of the double-booking, but he did not respond to our email or phone message.

Concert-goers will be made aware of the change before the curtain goes up and if they do not want to stay they can claim a refund.

Trading Standards said while promoters can argue circumstances beyond control, how an event is promoted and advertised should be taken into consideration.

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