No ‘outright refunds’ being offered for America’s Cup Portsmouth Live! show despite complaints

Spandau Ballet performing at Portsmouth Live! ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151309-3045)
Spandau Ballet performing at Portsmouth Live! ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151309-3045)
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NO refunds have yet been issued for the America’s Cup music concert despite numerous complaints over the way it was organised.

The Portsmouth Live! gig held during the sailing spectacle sparked controversy as some spectators went for free while others paid £45 to go.

There are different situations and views, and we are not outright refunding people because we don’t see there is a reason to.

America’s Cup World Series event director Leslie Greenhalgh

Event organiser Team Origin issued free concert tickets as a goodwill gesture to people who bought tickets to the South Coast Proms on July 24, which was cancelled due to poor weather.

The move didn’t go down well with those who felt they didn’t get anything for their money they had paid, and there were also complaints on the night that security staff weren’t checking properly if people had tickets.

The event, featuring international stars Spandau Ballet, Wet Wet Wet, McBusted and Carly Rae Jepsen, saw 15,000 people watch the show on Southsea Common.

World Series event director Leslie Greenhalgh said there had been no grounds for refunds so far, and there had been very few complaints compared with the number of people who attended.

Mrs Greenhalgh said: ‘We are responding to everyone who has emailed us and assessing each situation. There are different situations and views, and we are not outright refunding people because we don’t see there is a reason to.

‘Each enquiry is slightly different.’

Mrs Greenhalgh said about 100 out of 5,000 people that had tickets for the South Coast Proms concerts took up the offer of a refund and a free ticket to the Portsmouth Live! show.

Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie led his Portsmouth-based Land Rover BAR team to victory in the Portsmouth regatta.

They go into first place against their international competitors at the next qualifying round in Sweden from August 27 to 30.

The America’s Cup finals take place in Bermuda in 2017.