Friday 22 November 2019

Let me entertain you -- but not for free, as Robbie Williams plans charity gig

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams

Allison Bray

ROBBIE WILLIAMS is to finally reward fans who endured a disastrous performance by him here six years ago -- but it won't be a promised free concert.

The former Take That star (pictured) twice said he would play a free gig following his much-criticised show at a sold-out Croke Park in 2006.

But fans will have to make do with cheaper than normal tickets -- and the knowledge they are doing their bit for charity -- when he returns for a special charity gig at the O2 arena on September 14.

Tickets will be available, after a lottery, for between €35 and €45 -- less than the big-selling star might normally charge.

All proceeds from the show will be given to UNICEF and Childline.

Promoters MCD yesterday refused to respond to queries regarding what has happened to the promised "free" concert.

Fans must register their interest in a ticket between now and Sunday on www.ticketsrobbie-williams.com.

It's then up to a computer using random selection software to decide who is offered the tickets, with a maximum of two per person. They will be notified that "they are being given a chance to purchase tickets by midday on September 4".

Yesterday's announcement of the "surprise gig" comes after Robbie himself complained of his less-than-stellar performance at Croke Park as part of his Close Encounters tour.

The first concert of the European leg of the tour descended into farce when Williams was left dangling above the stage when a gondola-like contraption failed to lower, and there were further problems throughout the gig.

He promised he would return to Dublin and give fans a free concert to make up for the fiasco.

He reiterated that promise last June when he played two dates at Croke Park as part of his Take That Progress Tour.

Irish Independent

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