What was looking like a marvellously eclectic weekend at York Barbican has fallen through.
The line-up couldn’t have been more varied. On Saturday (May 21), the singer Russell Watson was in concert.
Then on Sunday, former England footballer Paul Gascoigne, now known as much for his troubled off-field life as for his incredible sporting skills, was hosting his one-man show.
First the Gascoigne show was postponed “due to issues beyond the control of the York Barbican”. This followed sad reports in the national press of Gascoigne’s continuing battles with alcohol and his resultant ill health.
Then on Friday (May 20) the Barbican announced that Russell Watson had bailed too due to illness.
The promoter issued this statement:
He is obviously deeply saddened to let his loyal supporters down and will do everything possible to reschedule the performance later in the tour.
On behalf of Russell and the team we would like to apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause and thank you for your patience and understanding.
We hope you will join us in wishing Russell as speedy recovery.
A spokeswoman for York Barbican said they were hoping for confirmation for a new date for Russell Watson to return with his Songs From The Heart tour.
Ticketholders will be contacted and given more information.
Meanwhile a new date has been set for Gazza at the Barbican. He is now due to play the venue on September 22, 2016.
Tickets for the rearranged date remain valid. Customers who are unable to attend can contact the Barbican for a refund.