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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Cumbria gig cancelled after ska legends turn up three hours late

A much-anticipated performance by ska legends Bad Manners had to be cancelled after the band were more than three hours late.

Buster Bloodvessel photo
Bad Manners' Buster Bloodvessel

The group, fronted by Buster Bloodvessel, were due to play the town’s Carnegie Theatre on Finkle Street.

The gig had sold out weeks ago and more than 230 fans packed into the venue to hear the group on Friday night.

But bosses had no choice other than to cancel the gig when the band had failed to show by 10.30pm and offer concert-goers full refunds.

Management could not get in touch with the band.

Most of the crowd had left at about 11pm, when a minibus pulled up outside the venue and passengers asked door staff if the gig was still on.

When they were told ‘No’ they replied, ‘We’re the band’.

The band was due to arrive in Workington at about 6pm, in time for a soundcheck before the show at 8pm.

Late in the afternoon, Carnegie bosses decided to offer a support slot to popular local group Project 9.

The band, who hail from across west Cumbria, got the crowd going when they came on stage at about 7.30pm but behind the scenes, the headliners had still not arrived.

Project 9 filled in while frantic phone calls were made backstage.

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