Leonard Cohen cancels Hop Farm gigs for Wembley
Hop Farm organisers taken by surprise as legendary singer moves concerts without explanation
VETERAN singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has cancelled plans to perform at Hop Farm in Kent at the last moment, switching the location for the two gigs to Wembley Arena without explanation.
The unexpected move caught Hop Farm's organisers unawares and left Cohen fans with tickets to the bucolic gigs, put on by respected promoter Vince Power, disappointed. Fans have been told to contact their seller for a refund or new ticket, The Daily Telegraph reports.
A spokesman for Hop Farm said: "Unfortunately we haven't been given any information as to why. We are really disappointed. We were very much looking forward to welcoming Leonard to Kent."
Power said: "I would like to apologise to all the customers who have already bought tickets and hope they can still enjoy what are going to be two amazing shows at Wembley Arena."
A statement on the star's own website did not offer any reasons for the move, saying: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, Leonard Cohen's two shows at Hop Farm, Kent, on 8 and 9 September will no longer be taking place at that venue. However, Cohen will now be performing at a new London venue on the same dates."
At the age of 77, Cohen enjoys living-legend status and would have followed in the footsteps of such giants as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Prince and Neil Young, all of whom have played Hop Farm in the past five years thanks to Power's contacts after a long career in music as the owner of the Mean Fiddler venues.
Wembley Arena will provide the Suzanne and Sisters of Mercy singer with a relatively small crowd of 12,500.