Imelda May announced last night that she has been asked to perform the National Anthem ahead of the much hyped Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor bout in Las Vegas. The Liberties singer took to social media to inform her fans however the decision resulted in cancelling a scheduled gig for the Down On The Close festival in the UK.
The festival organisers released a statement through their Facebook page regarding the cancellation;
“As many of you are now aware, it is with great surprise and regret that the organisers of Down on the Close have to announce, at such short-notice, that Imelda May is unable to perform at the event, tomorrow.
We apologise for not getting back to you all personally this evening, but we are working hard tonight to explore the legal position and other factors surrounding this news. We are devastated, as we are sure lots of Imelda May fans are, about this short-notice cancellation, however we do understand why Imelda has made the decision to accept this new opportunity… the details of which she will be announcing via her own platforms.
We understand that fans of Imelda May will be disappointed to hear of this last-minute programme change, but please come along and join us for what is set to be a spectacular night of music from the other great acts who will all still be there and we are proud to have on our stage. We will be announcing a replacement act for you all tomorrow morning.”
There was a mixed reaction from fans on social media with some unhappy at forking out money for the much anticipated gig and for the short notice. Others were more supportive and wished Imelda luck in what is no doubt an incredible opportunity to perform on one of the biggest global sporting events in recent times.
@ImeldaOfficial gutted for tomorrow, got to break news to my kids in morning. Single mum, not alot of cash, took day off. Disappointed fan
— Tonya Wright (@TonyaJill) August 25, 2017
she seems to be an honest and genuine person trying to advance her career. she might have let down some fans, but millions watching fight
— Daniel Murphy (@The_BigDan) August 26, 2017
There’s no doubting the incredible talent of our own Imelda and we’re sure she will do an incredible job with Amhrán na bhFiann ringing out around the T-mobile arena in the early hours of Sunday morning. As she said herself it’s a “Once in a lifetime opportunity”