Nobody seems to know why the Pharrell Williams concert at the Warsaw Pepsi Arena was cancelled.
The event organiser of the Positive Vibrations Festival says it was because of a situation ‘beyond our control’. But, they don’t say what was the problem. They have offered ticket-holders an exchange of date – but we don’t know when the festival will take place or who will be performing on stage, or if it will ever happen.
What a mess.
And, it is this messiness after the cancellation, which suggests a management issue with the organisers of the Positive Vibrations Festival.
A world-class performer such as Pharrell does not cancel concerts – that much we do know. His management would not allow him to do so. And we know he is in Europe, so he is not far away and he isn’t sick. These pictures show him performing at an event in London on Saturday and going for dinner afterwards:
We can see that he looks very well; very fit; and very HAPPY.
So, what could be the reason for the cancellation. Well, it has to be the old problem with not enough tickets sold, so the festival organisers didn’t have the money from tickets to pay the costs of the event, the venue and the performers. We can be fairly certain this is the problem, because the entire festival was cancelled – it wasn’t just Pharrell not doing his set.
When I am teaching event management, I advise concert organisers to know how many tickets they need to sell so as to cover the costs of the event. Then, to set a date where they can see if that number of tickets has been sold. If that date arrives and not enough tickets have been sold, the event must be cancelled.
There is no excuse for cancelling a concert at the last minute with short notice. It upsets everybody – especially the ticket-holders. It is also bad management.
And, because the event organiser has not given a reason for the cancellation, this could damage the reputation of the star. People could blame Pharrell for cancelling, because they haven’t been told otherwise, have they?
I wonder what Pharrell Williams and his management team think of Poland and the organisers of the Positive Vibrations Festival Warsaw, now.
It is another let-down, badly organised event for another world-class superstar. First, it was Beyonce with bad sound at the Warsaw Orange Festival. Then, it was Rihanna treated badly on the beach at Sopot. Now, it is Pharrell Williams having his gig cancelled.