Newry club 'scammed' over Pharrell gig

Published Thursday, 26 June 2014
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Investigations are underway to determine whether a Newry nightclub had been scammed into promoting an appearance by US musician Pharrell Williams at the venue.

Newry club 'scammed' over Pharrell gig
US singer Pharrell Williams. (© Getty)

b.e.d nightclub had promoted an appearance by the Happy singer for Saturday 5 July, but have now confirmed it will not take place.

The club had been taking bookings for VIP tickets to the event as well as promoting it on their social media platforms.

Pharrell's publicist has confirmed to the BBC that no gig would go ahead and was "surprised" to hear a gig featuring the singer was being advertised.

A statement from Ask1 Agency, who was promoting the event, said: "It is with deepest regret that we make this statement to inform all BED 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.

"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."

In a statement, b.e.d nightclub said: "We can confirm that we had booked Mr. Williams in good faith through the Ask 1 Agency in Dublin but it appears now that the booking cannot be fulfilled by Ask 1 Agency for us.

"We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and can confirm that all appropriate refunds to disappointed patrons will be paid in full."

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Jacqueline Johnston in Belfast wrote (154 days ago):
I mean really? Pharrell Williams?? It would be like saying Michael Jackson set to play at Dempseys in the 80s... I'm sure the entertainments manager & especially the agent involved would realise something was up.....merely by the fee alone, because I can assure you no amount of tickets sold for whatever amount would have covered Pharrells actual fee, the venue does not have the capacity to hold enough people unless the tickets where £2k each for goodness sake!!
Gerry in Belfast wrote (154 days ago):
And they haven't Got Lucky either...
jack in belfast wrote (155 days ago):
It might seem crazy what I’m about to say but they are not so Happy.
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