South West Wales

Economy blamed as Swansea 80s gigs cancelled

Clockwise from top - Bananarama in the 1980s; Rick Astley and Alison Moyet
Image caption The two concerts were to feature a host of top names from the 1980s

Organisers of a weekend of music in Swansea set to feature some of the biggest names of 80s pop have blamed the economy after cancelling the gigs.

Rick Astley, Alison Moyet, Jools Holland, Tony Hadley and Bananarama were some of the names set to appear at Singleton Park on 7 and 8 August.

But the shows have been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

IML Concerts said: "In this harsh economic climate it is becoming more difficult to sell prestigious shows."

The company said it regretted any inconvenience caused and apologised for the cancellation.

It said it would be writing this week to anyone who booked via their box office with a letter and instructions on how to receive a full refund.

Anyone who booked via other box offices such as Ticketmaster or the Grand Theatre or Liberty Stadium should contact those outlets direct to receive a refund.

IML Concerts director Keith Louch said: "In this harsh economic climate it is becoming more difficult to sell prestigious shows such as ours and our sales have been lower than anticipated.

"We have taken the step of cancelling early to cause the least amount of inconvenience to those who have purchased."

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