JOHN GRANT will now headline the Galway International Arts Festival Big Top concert in the Fisheries Field this evening after Sinéad O'Connor was forced to pull out due to illness.
O'Connor was due to headline the event with American singer-songwriter Grant as support. However on Tuesday evening, the show's organisers, the GIAF and the Róisín Dubh, announced "with regret" the change. The following statement was issued by Sinéad O'Connor's agent:
“Sinéad O'Connor apologises profusely to her fans but she cannot travel this summer anymore," a statement read. "She is suffering from exhaustion due to an existing not resolved medical situation and she has been advised by the doctor to stop any activity and rest. Because of this she is completely unable to travel and to perform."
While the GIAF and the Róisín Dubh said they were "hugely disappointed at this news and wish Sinéad a speedy recovery", they also announced that the show would go ahead, with the critically acclaimed John Grant now headlining with the Sharon Shannon Big Band as the special guests.
The GIAF and the Róisín Dubh said they "apologise we cannot proceed with the original bill as planned but hope our audiences enjoy the new line up". They added that by way of a 'Thank You' each person attending will receive a complimentary drinks voucher for the Festival Big Top Bar, in addition to a €10 Festival Voucher redeemable against the Festival Big Top 2016 pProgramme.
Customers who do not wish to attend the show will be offered a full refund including booking charges. Customers who booked through the GIAF box office or www.giaf.ie, should email their request to cancel and confirmation number to [email protected], 091 - 566577, or by visiting the box office, Galway Tourist Office, Forster Street.
Where tickets have already been collected, or received by post, customers are requested to return their tickets in person to the box office in order to process the refund, or send by a secure method of post to Galway International Arts Festival, Black Box Theatre, Dyke Road, Galway.
For customers who booked online through the Róisín Dubh email request to cancel and your confirmation number to [email protected] For customers who booked physical tickets through Róisin Dubh or OMG, Shop Street, bring tickets to point of purchase to claim a full refund.
For customers who booked with Ticketmaster, refund tickets must be returned to the point of purchase by a secure method of post. Tickets purchased in person from a Ticketmaster ticket centre should be returned directly to the ticket centre for a refund. All other tickets should be returned to Ticketmaster Customer Services Grafton House, 70 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.