YUSU and N-Dubz’s manager have today issued statements, responding to student frustration over the fact that the headline act for this year’s Summer Ball pulled out.
In the statement, which was released from all Sabbatical Officers, YUSU stated that N-Dubz had been booked since the 14 April this year, and that since then and the day of the ball they have had “a number of communications confirming the details of the event”. They continued to explain that confirmation that N-Dubz was still playing was given by their agent at both 11am, and 2pm on the day of the ball itself, and that at 9.10pm the manager of the group informed YUSU that they would not be performing at the ball and “would not explain why”.
YUSU claim that they then tried to find a suitable replacement for the headliner, but that it was not possible given the time frame. They have since been informed by the band’s manager that one of the members was unwell and unable to perform. YUSU has responded by asking for a doctor’s certificate to verify the claims made.
YUSU finished by saying that whilst they themselves are “clearly not at fault”, they apologise and share in the frustration of students, adding that “contracts always tend to be weighted in the artist’s favour and sadly some artist’s choose to take advantage of this”.
Despite remarks by some students suggesting that a partial refund should be given, this issue was not addressed in the Union’s statement.
Gary Howard, N-Dubz’s manager has commented, stating that “On the day of the show a member of the band became ill”, and that “while it was first thought that the situation would go ahead the situation became worse to the point where the band were unable to perform”.
The full statements from YUSU, Gary Howard and access to the contract between YUSU and the band can all be found on www.yusu.org.