Newry nightclub not “Happy” about Pharrell gig scam

June 30, 2014

Newry nightclub b.e.d. was certainly not “Happy” last week when it emerged that one of the world’s biggest music stars, Pharrell Williams,  would not be performing at the club, despite promoters believing they had secured a gig with the chart topper.

The event, which was already being hailed as a major coup for the city centre nightclub, was being promoted and advertised on national radio stations with posters publicising the event and offering tickets also appearing in Newry and on social media last Tuesday.

Tickets for VIP meet and greets with the star were already on sale and b.e.d. had been taking bookings.

A publicist for the US singer revealed on Wednesday however that Williams was never booked to perform at the club and said they were investigating the circumstances.

b.e.d. nightclub and the promoters say they acted in “good faith” and are now looking into whether they were scammed into believing they would stage the gig.

A statement from Ask1 agency and b.e.d nightclub said: “It is with deepest regret that we make this statement to inform all b.e.d. customers that due to events outside the control of Ask1 agency and our principal b.e.d nightclub the Pharrell Williams event, advertised to take place on 5 July 2014, will no longer be taking place.

“Due to external factors outside of our control we have become aware that the event will not be taking place and we can categorically confirm that Pharrell Williams will not be attending the premier venue b.e.d nightclub,” they said.

“All promotions and advertising had been undertaken in good faith and on the basis of negotiations that had taken place up to 25 June 2014.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we are equally disappointed that the show did not go ahead.

“For legal reasons no further comment will be issued in respect of the matter.”