Slow sales lead to cancellation of Vic Galloway night in Mareel
Poor ticket sales have forced Shetland Arts to cancel the first ever “Vic Galloway Presents…” showcase concert, which was to have taken place in Mareel on Saturday.
The gig was to have been headlined by Glasgow six-piece The Phantom Band, with garage rock duo Honeyblood and local band The Last also on the bill.
The first in what was planned to be a series of events compèred by well-known BBC radio DJ Galloway, it had originally been due to take place in September before being postponed.
It will come as a disappointment following last weekend’s official opening of the venue, which saw excellent turnouts for gigs including the Shetland Meets Appalachia concert and an outing from legendary Scottish songwriter Dougie Maclean.
Anyone who has purchased a ticket for the event can get a refund from the Shetland Box Office in Mareel or at Islesburgh.
Shetland Arts marketing officer Lisa Ward said: “We planned this gig with the aim of filling a gap in the market for quality visiting artists performing alongside original local talent. However, sadly and unexpectedly given the amount of requests we’ve had for events of this type in the past, it hasn’t generated the interest we hoped it would.
“We are keen to hear from music fans in Shetland, particularly young music fans, as to what kind of events they would prefer to see us put on, so we can better meet demand and avoid disappointment in future.”
Galloway had said he hoped the events would be a “new and fresh” addition to Shetland’s cultural calendar, providing audiences with something different from the traditional music the isles are famed for.