Gigs cancelled as ticket sales slump

THE Gladstone community is tightening its belt when it comes to taking in a gig, with low ticket sales hurting venues across town.

A number of shows were scheduled for June and July at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre but were later cancelled.

Road Trip (July 9), Simply Sinatra with Tom Burlinson (July 19), Forever Diamond (June 29) and An Evening with Groucho (July 5) were all canned.

Tom Burlinson, who also performed in Gladstone in April, sold around 40 tickets while the Neil Diamond Tribute show sold approximately 20.

GECC acting manager Michael Bloyce did not wish to comment on specific ticket sales for the remaining shows but said he believed the four events, organised by the centre, weren't the start of a negative domino effect.

"I think people certainly pick and choose (shows)," he said.

"There's a limit to what the market can sustain. Maybe we found that limit.

"Not every show works; it's just a fact of life."

But it's a case of hit and miss for the GECC, with some shows doing remarkably well, too.

"Despite the cancellations, very good attendances have been seen recently at other GECC performances, including Graeme Connors. Looking ahead, the Queensland Ballet's performance of Cinderella in mid-October is already half sold out," he said.

Friends of the Theatre secretary Peter Miller said Gladstone's demographic has played a major part in the lull in ticket sales.

"A lot of our working population are shift workers, they work six days a week. They've got wives and kids and that dictates a social life," he said.

Meanwhile, Quoin Island Retreat's dinner and entertainment packages have stopped as of this week, the support behind the concept not as much as event manager Richard Gilmour would have liked.

Mr Gilmour said the lack of community support left him with no other choice.

"We are disappointed that's it had to come to this but we also understand we just can't sustain it with minimal attendance. Hopefully in the future we can kick it off again, it's not dead in the water," he said.

If a further 200 people attended the Quoin events, Mr Gilmour said they would go ahead. He said some sporadic events may take place in the future and private functions were still available for bookings however the entertainment has ceased.

Regular Quoin Island event patron Julianne Silver said it was disappointing the community didn't embrace the unique experience Quoin provided. "I am sad that it's gone. It was doing something a little bit different instead of going to a pub," she said.

Venues such as the Harvey Road Tavern are flying high, drawing in international acts such as Illy, Pete Murray, Wolfmother, Katchafire, Sheppard and Boy and Bear.

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