Ticket holders who attended a Childish Gambino performance in Newcastle this week have been offered free admission to Listen Out festival after Gambino was booed by concertgoers at his brief Newcastle set, which some attendees called “unprofessional” and “very disappointing”.
Newcastle Herald reporter Sam Rigney has shared a screenshot of an email (below) sent to ticket holders by Big Tix, the ticket company behind Gambino’s Newcastle Listen Out sideshow, offering free admission to the Sydney leg of Listen Out.
The email want sent to ticket holders on Friday night, 2nd October, less than 24 hours before Listen Out hit Sydney’s Centennial Park yesterday, 3rd October. It’s an interesting move considering that Newcastle is a solid two-hour drive from Sydney.
In the email, Gambino’s Newcastle sideshow promoter Big Apachee and management team apologise for “a miscommunication about Thursday night’s show, which was: ‘Childish Gambino & Royalty’ set in Newcastle, which is very different from the Childish Gambino live show”.
Gambino, real name Donald Glover, performed at The Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle on Thursday night, 1st October, but his brief performance left some fans annoyed and confused. After some ticket holders took to social media to demand refunds and to express dissatisfaction with the performance, the show’s venue, promoter and ticket seller released statements blaming the rapper for “disappointing” fans and not delivering what was expected.
Gambino performed with his full band at Listen Out’s Sydney leg yesterday. In her review of the festival, Music Feeds contributor Elisa Parry said, “Gambino’s flawless and high energy set proved that despite the negative press surrounding his Newcastle sideshow, he sure can turn it on when he wants to.”
Gambino hasn’t publicly commented on his Newcastle show. Catch the email which was sent to the show’s ticket holders below, alongside photos of Gambino’s Sydney Listen Out set.
Gallery: Listen Out 2015, Sydney / Photos: Brandon Matich
Childish Gambino Fans Offered Free Listen Out Tickets After "Disappointing" Sideshow - Music Feeds