US comedy star Jerry Seinfeld will not come to Mumbai, and according to organisers, his shows have been cancelled due to traffic woes and parking issues at the venue.
Fans who have purchased tickets, priced from Rs 7,500 onwards, will be issued a full refund.
The Emmy and Golden Globe winning comedian was scheduled to perform two live shows on March 14 and March 15 at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium, The National Sports Club Of India (NSCI) in South Mumbai, as part of Stage42 festival. These shows would have been Jerry Seinfeld’s first ever performances in Asia.
Stage42 festival, organised by Only Much Louder, posted an official announcement on their Facebook page citing the reason for the cancellation as issues related to traffic and parking at the venue. Here's the entire statement:
"Cancellation of Jerry Seinfeld Shows
We regret to announce that the Jerry Seinfeld shows scheduled to take place this weekend (Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15) have been cancelled. Fans who have purchased tickets for the shows will be issued a full refund at the latest by Wednesday, March 25. Details about the same have been emailed to all ticket buyers, and fans can call our special helpline, +912265044455 from Monday onwards or email email@example.com to address any queries regarding the same.
This cancellation is unavoidable due to circumstances beyond the artist's and our control. Issues related to traffic and parking at the venue, which were brought to our attention only a couple of days ago, forced the cancellation of all artist travel arrangements pending a resolution of these logistical issues. But in spite of our best efforts to resolve these matters with the authorities quickly, which resulted in suitable alternate parking and traffic plans being arranged, this was not in time to reorganise the required artist travel logistics.
We deeply regret the inconvenience caused to fans due to this cancellation. Despite this setback, we remain committed to bringing Indian fans world-class live entertainment experiences."
The ongoing Stage42 festival is taking place in seven cities -- Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune -- between February and March. Another star performer who's due to perform is Russell Peters.