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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 November 2018

Robbie Williams announces change of date for Abu Dhabi gig

Former Take That singer's gig at the du Arena on Yas Island moved forward a day to Saturday, April 25.
Former Take That member Robbie Williams has moved the date of the Abu Dhabi gig on his Let Me Entertain You tour. Friso Gentsch / AP Photo
Former Take That member Robbie Williams has moved the date of the Abu Dhabi gig on his Let Me Entertain You tour. Friso Gentsch / AP Photo

The date of Robbie Williams’ concert in Abu Dhabi has been changed. In a video message posted on his official Facebook page on March 25, the former Take That singer said that he was shifting the date, part of his Let Me Entertain You Tour, from Sunday, April 26 to Saturday, April 25.

In a strangely stilted voice, Williams repeats words being fed to him by somebody off-camera, saying: “Hello Abu Dhabi, Robbie Williams here with a public announcement. I have decided that I don’t like Sundays any more and I much prefer Saturdays.

“So I’m not going to ruin your working week by performing on a Sunday, I am going to perform on your weekend – which is Saturday, the 25th of April.” He signs off by saying many thanks. Best wishes to you all.”

The promoters, Flash Entertainment, said: “Flash Entertainment today announces that Robbie Williams has shifted his tour schedule plans and will now perform in Abu Dhabi on Saturday April 25 to accommodate the weekend for his regional fans.

“Despite a busy tour schedule and numerous engagements, Robbie has worked hard to come in earlier and perform for his regional fans at the du Arena, Yas Island Abu Dhabi. Fans can now plan their weekend on Yas Island to stay, play and party and enjoy great weekend packages.

“Fans who have already purchased tickets to the Robbie Williams Let Me Entertain You Tour for the Sunday show do not need to change their tickets and can use their existing ticket at the gates on Saturday April 25,” the statement continued. “For any questions, fans can contact helpdesk@ticketmaster.ae

However, not everybody was happy with the switch. One reader emailed The National and said: “What about all the people with Flights and Hotel bookings who were really looking forward to this?

“My family were cutting a 70th birthday short in Istanbul so that my wife could see [Williams] and we have all our flights booked for the return on the 26th. In order to accommodate Mr Williams we would now have to spend hundreds on flight amendments.

“I’m positive we won’t be the only ones – we know people flying from the UK to see him. This is truly awful by [promoters]Flash.”

Fans who are not able to make the new date are entitled to a full refund. For tickets purchased through Ticketmaster, contact helpdesk@ticketmaster.ae, and for those bought through Virgin Megastores, email tickets@virginmegastore.me.

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