Barnsey's still coming - just a bit early

PROMOTERS have saved Jimmy Barnes’s Easter show in Warrnambool from cancellation after the star pulled out to support US rock legend Bruce Springsteen.

Barnes and the Red Hot Summer Tour will now appear at the Warrnambool racecourse on March 24 — six days earlier than originally scheduled.

Regional Touring promoter Duane McDonald yesterday told The Standard about 1000 customers already with tickets would still be allowed entry. 

“It will start at the same time, either using the same tickets, or people can exchange them at their point of sale,” he said. “Anyone who has a ticket can use it on the day and if they can’t attend the event they can go back to the point of purchase for a full refund.”

"Ticketmaster are contacting everyone to explain it to them.

"We've tried our absolute best to accommodate everyone. 

"Trying not to clash with the speedway and the folk festival, it was the only date we could make work."

Mr McDonald said it was unfortunate timing for promoters and those who could now miss out, but there was little that could be done.

"To play with Springsteen is not something I could ever hold someone back from doing.

"What do I say to him: 'No, you can't do it'?

"To me it's the biggest thing you could do in your career."

He said the 17 date tour made it hard to find another nearby date where each of the acts was available, with Dragon, Baby Animals and Chocolate Starfish also on the Red Hot Summer lineup.

"They've already done 1000 tickets so far, which is brilliant.

"To have this calibre of acts, it's going to be a full day of hits.

"We've just got to get across apologies from anyone inconvenienced by the change of date."

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