Some fans were left disappointed after the town’s Christmas lights switch-on celebrity’s post-event show was said to be poor value for money.
Paul Young, an 80s pop singer whose hits included ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ turned on Rugby’s Christmas lights last Sunday.
But some fans said Paul’s switch-on appearance was very brief and the sound quality was poor.
The singer then put on a 40-minute performance at the Benn Hall, at the cost of £18 per ticket. And some Benn Hall visitors said the performance, organised by Rugby FM, was ‘below standard’ for the entry price.
Rugby resident Callum Wachowski, who works for Genius Bros production company, said: “It’s great to sell-out the Benn Hall but you have to deliver the goods and he didn’t,” he said.
“The Christmas lights event was shambolic. The sound system was not sufficient and people could barely hear a thing. People at the Benn Hall expected a good performance for their £18 but they barely got anything for their money. It’s disappointing when the town is trying to maintain and promote a Rugby World Cup legacy.”
Organisers at Rugby FM said the evening was designed to be an intimate event and they have taken feedback on board. A spokesperson said: “Had Sunday evening’s event been hosted at a large stadium with a longer performance time and with a backing band, then ticket prices would have been considerably higher and the performance notably less visible.
“Our objective was to provide a rare opportunity to see Paul Young perform his well-known tracks, as well as being entertained by a local warm-up act prior to his appearance.
“After our success earlier this year with The (Beautiful) South and Scouting for Girls, Rugby First, with support from Rugby FM, hope to bring more well known artists to Rugby, and when doing so will use previous comments and feedback.”
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