I think it is more likely to be to do with her recording her new album, in Rome. She has just tweeted that the recording date is getting close and she will need to spend this weekend preparing. She will I suspect need a week in Rome, so the only way to fit it in before August would be to cancel some concerts.
I have been asked by Hayley's managers, Bedlam Management Ltd., to pass on to our members the following statement. I have requested additional information about the reasons for the cancellations so I hope to have more, in due course.
Battle of Britain Tour - Cancellation of Dates
Due to unforeseen logistical circumstances certain dates of this tour have had to be withdrawn.
All concerned sincerely apologise.
Please refer to the venue for ticket returns.
Tour Dates Withdrawn
Blackburn - 12th July King George's Hall 0844 847 1664
Wolverhampton - 20th July Civic Hall 0870 320 7000
Thanks Dave for the update. Looking at the schedule these cancellations represent the middle two weeks of the tour so something is obviously planned for that fortnight. We will just have to wait and see!
I think the main problem is not lack of interest but lack of awareness. I only heard about the concerts on HWI and have not yet seen them advertised anywhere else. Hopefully there will be last-minute bookings when local press mention it.
I have heard from a reliable source that Hayley will go off to Rome in just over a weeks time to start recording the album. Of course, I have no idea how long she will be staying in Rome, but as it looks like she will be going around the 11th or 12th, there is no way that she could have been around for the now canceled Blackburn concert. Of course, it may well be that with these 3 concerts canceled, she has rescheduled the time to go to Rome,which I feel is more likely than her canceling the concerts to go to Rome - I cant imagine Hayley would do that.
Can I just say we don't want this (or any other) thread to fill up with a series of speculative angry posts about the three cancelled concerts, as in the case of a related thread we had to lock. We know how disappointing it is for those affected by the three cancellations (including me) and it is undoubtedly very annoying (or worse) for some, with whom I know we will all sympathise.
But the fact remains that we don't know for sure what the reason is and we may or may not find out. I have posted what I know about it and I will just add that if as some are speculating it's poor ticket sales, that will have been caused by a combination of several things - perhaps venue sizes, locations, the summer dates chosen and a general lack of Battle of Britain publicity in the media so far. Incidentally, the Battle of Britain didn't start until July 10th so the media may pick up on it later in the month.
Whatever it is, what's done is done and hopefully, the entire tour will have been reviewed and a decision taken to carry on with the remaining five concerts, which should therefore survive. That's how I see it anyway - but it's only a guess. I hope Bedlam Management will provide some additional information as I have requested but that's up to them, they have already issued a statement.
There are five concerts for us to look forward to in the near future and it would be nice if we could focus the bulk of our attention on them from now on. However, there is no ban on continuing a reasoned and reasonable discussion about the cancellations, which may remain a talking point for some time yet.
Of course, it may well be that with these 3 concerts canceled, she has rescheduled the time to go to Rome,which I feel is more likely than her canceling the concerts to go to Rome - I cant imagine Hayley would do that.
Nor can I Mark, but it may not be up to Hayley to make those sort of decisions. She is contractually bound to her record company when it comes to recording - the fact that this is being done in Rome may add further complications to arranging studio time. As Dave has already said, I hope Bedlam will provide a bit more in formation in due course.