Divas not at fault says Midas GM

Promoter confirms planned Divas in Dubai concert postponed due to 'logistical issues'.
Midas Promotions Dubai general manager, Mel Tyler, blamed logistical problems for the postponement of the Divas in Dubai concert.
Midas Promotions Dubai general manager, Mel Tyler, blamed logistical problems for the postponement of the Divas in Dubai concert.

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The combination of logistical issues, heat, traffic congestion and equipment supply has been blamed for the postponement of last month's scheduled performances by Mariah Carey and Fergie in Dubai.

The US stars were scheduled to perform in back-to-back concert events staged over two nights at Dubai Festival City last month. The event was to be the first of its kind to be held in the emirate.

The general manager of concert organiser Midas Promotions Dubai, Mel Tyler, said Midas was asked to partner the Divas in Dubai deal after both artists expressed an interest in performing in Dubai. Midas has been involved in promoting concerts by Mariah Carey and the Black Eyed Peas in the past.

SLS Productions was scheduled to provide equipment for the event, but Tyler said although he was hopeful SLS would be involved in the rescheduled October concert the arrangement was not contractual.

Tyler denied allegations that poor ticket sales were to blame for the postponement. Rather, he reiterated that unforeseen circumstances were to blame.

"The extremely compressed time frame along with unforeseen logistical complications compelled us to move the event later in the year to ensure a show commensurate with the level of success of the world-class artists and the people of Dubai," Tyler explained.

Adding to the mounting logistical problems was the fact the event was not sponsored and as Tyler stated, "commercial concerts can't make money in the UAE without sponsorship".

After coming off the back of four sold-out shows with Russell Peters and Robbie Williams' most recent gig in Dubai, which sold-out in 90 minutes, Tyler said he did not want to promote the Divas in Dubai event if its success, due to timing and logistics, was in question.

"I don't want to follow two concert successes with a non-event so it's a postponement not a cancellation due to poor ticket sales," he said.

"Logistical problems were further enhanced by Mariah's recent marriage and it was a combined decision that a postponement was the best course of action for everyone involved."

Additionally, because neither artist was currently on a world tour, which meant they were not travelling with their own equipment, Tyler said that would have caused further problems in obtaining essential gear for the event.

"Mariah's performance was set to be all bells and whistles on a multi-level stage and it would have caused some discomfort in trying to accommodate her requirements here in Dubai," he explained.

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