Six month’s ago, Loquax user, BonosCamerawoman won tickets to see Girls Aloud in a competition run by Play.com in association with Live Nation. Part of the prize was a chance to meet the girls. BonosCamerawoman 11 year old daughter, a huge Girls Aloud fan, was obviously very excited by the prospect of meeting Cheryl, Nicola, Sarah, Nadine and Kimberley and has spent the last few months looking forward to the concert.
The concert is due to take place this Sunday (17th May) at The Manchester Evening News Arena. Live Nation who organised the prize, however, have devastated the young girl’s dreams. They contacted the winner by phone “to say that the meet and greet has been cancelled due to the swine flu” (Loquax Forum).
Live Nation have offered to try and arrange an “alternative prize” although there are no details on this.
Swine Flu does seem to be a poor excuse from Live Nation, but even if that was the case they should have made sure an alternative “meet and greet” opportunity could be sorted out. To squash a young girl’s dream just like that, and so close to the concert date, comes across as nothing but plain cruel.
Girls Aloud are not the only stars to allegedly cancel meet and greets due to swine flu. According to the Country Music Examiner country stars Miranda Lambert & Kenny Chesney have cancelled meet and greets in “San Antonio, Houston and Dallas over the H1N1-induced panic”!
We wonder whether this kind of thing would interest BBC Watchdog. They recently reported on another youngster’s competition prize being taken off them by The Disney Channel. Thankfully that issue was resolved and Esther Martin got to see The Jonas Brother premiere.
Let’s hope that the outcome of this pigs ear of a situation is resolved and that an 11 year old comper does get to meet Girls Aloud!