UCD Ents have come under fire for their handling of the cancellation of two major headline acts. The recent ‘Cheesefest’, set to feature three 90s pop bands, was thrown into turmoil with only the Vengaboys playing as advertised.
S Club and Five failed to appear at the event, with the latter pulling out with just hours to go. Students were informed of the cancellations at ten to eight on the night of the performances, via the SU and Ents Facebook groups. Both groups appeared at last year’s rescheduled Christmas Ball.
Ents officer, Stephan Darcy, conveyed his annoyance to the College Tribune: “I was personally upset that this happened and I am promising to make it up to the students.”
S Club were forced to pull out due to a family bereavement. However, one member, Bradley McIntosh, appeared at the event and sang 4 songs because he “felt like he let the students down” according to Darcy. Five cancelled at 4 pm on Thursday as one of the band members was having a wisdom tooth removed, rending them unable to perform.
The ticket charge for the event was €15, however a €5 refund was given at the door or the option of two free pints. Darcy informed the Tribune that these acts are “contractually bound…therefore we won’t lose money.” It is not yet clear if a refund will be available for those who did not attend as a result of the cancellations.
Darcy has vowed to re-schedule these gigs and says “we should expect that Five and S Club will be playing in UCD in the very near future.” As well as the rescheduling of these acts, Darcy has promised other big acts such as Faith SFX, a beatboxer, who currently is Plan B’s warm-up act. Peter Hamilton