Coventry Motofest organisers have announced the cancellation of the scheduled Friday and Saturday night concerts.
Ahead of this weekend’s Motofest, the Friday night free Ratpack swing tribute concert, the performance of the opera Carmen at Coventry Cathedral and the Saturday concert set to feature The Stranglers, Reef and superbike champion James Toseland, have all been shelved due to lack of demand.
Despite having marketed both events, with ‘disappointing’ ticket sales and what organisers said appeared to be ‘little public support for a city centre opera event and headline concert’, they reluctantly agreed to call time on the two main paid for music events.
James Noble, Motofest’s Festival Director, said he was ‘extremely disappointed’ at the announcement.
He added: “We had assembled a really great line-up which we thought would have provided fantastic evening entertainment, but it would seem that the appetite from the motorsport community in sufficient numbers for such music events is just not there.
“Our learning from all of this is that people clearly want to see the cars, but not necessarily attend a music concert.
“The motoring side of the festival will continue over the weekend with all the fantastic cars and vehicles we have to showcase and this will remain true to its main aim as a celebration of the city’s rich motoring heritage.”
James also apologised to concert ticket holders and pledged they will be refunded fully, including the booking fee, in due course.
Coventry’s Motofest 2015 will take over the city from Friday, May 29 until Sunday, May 31.