Reggae legend Marcia Griffiths
A MAJOR tour by a collective of internationally-acclaimed reggae stars has been postponed amid a fall-out with the promoter.
Dates in Leeds, Bristol and London were also cancelled.
Griffiths, dubbed ‘The Queen of Reggae’, tweeted: “My UK tour has been postponed due to lack of professionalism by promoter. New dates will be posted.”
A statement on the O2 Academy Birmingham website read: “Due to circumstances entirely beyond the control of both the artistes and Academy Events, we have been forced to postpone The Marcia Griffiths & Friends UK Tour.
“Plans are already underway to reschedule all dates & we ask that customers retain their tickets which will remain valid for these new dates. An official statement from the artist will follow shortly.
“We apologise for any disappointment & inconvenience caused.”
Griffiths, who was once a backing singer for Bob Marley, had been due to perform with Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Tanya Stephens, Richie Spice and the 809 band.
Speaking in the Jamaican media, she said: “I’ve never experienced anything like this, I’ve never disappointed any audience especially in London because they have always showed love to me from the years of Bob and Marcia.
“The Promoter, Malinnga Tejan-Sie, kept dragging his feet and now we have discovered that no flights, or accommodations had been taken care of.”
Griffiths also told of her extreme disappointment at not honouring her UK dates.
She said: “When these things happen the artistes get blamed and branded ‘no shows’, this affects my brand and my name and so I really want everyone to know what has happened in this instance. We are looking into postponing until a later date as these events were being well promoted and patrons have been purchasing tickets for the shows.”
Disappointed fans vented their frustrations on Facebook.
Mark Anthony wrote: “What about hotel bookings and train tickets...????”
And Sandra George said:” I paid train tickets and hotel for Birmingham gig all non refundable lost 120 pounds not happy.”
The promoter, Malinnga Mandinka Tejan-Sie, wrote on Facebook:
“It’s with the deepest regret the anticipated Marcia Griffiths & friends UK Tour has now being rescheduled to a later date in 2015.
“I Malinnga Tejan-Sie take full responsibility for the issues that led to the tour being rescheduled sadly there has being many factors that have led to this.
“I apologies to all the artists involved, Academy Events & most importantly you the fans.
It’s an honour to work in the promotion of Legends such Marcia Griffiths, Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Tanya Stephens, Richie Spice, 809 band and Academy Events. I wish all the artists and Academy Events the very best wishes in delivering the tour in its rescheduled date.
“I would like to thank you all for your continued support – thanks to the fans, DJs, Promoters + the local street teams in Bristol, Birmingham and London.
“Once again sorry for any inconvenience caused new dates will be announced soon all pre purchased tickets will remain valid for new date.”