Newry club 'scammed' over Pharrell gig

Newry club 'scammed' over Pharrell gig

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

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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