Bradley’s “ACBU Presents: Spring Concert 2014” Facebook page released an official statement Feb. 5 that the scheduled spring concert artist, who was to be announced Feb. 7, was cancelled due to “circumstances out of the artist’s, management’s and [ACBU’s] control.”
“We appreciate students’ patience and understanding in this situation, and despite the short notice, and numerous logistical and scheduling factors outside of our control, we all hope to find an equally exciting replacement for the spring,” the statement said.
Sources confirm that the scheduled spring artist was pop singer Ke$ha, and her cancellation is assumed to be attributed to her continued rehabilitation for eating disorders, as reported in the Feb. 4 Los Angeles Times.
This is the second time in three years that the spring concert has been cancelled and ACBU is forced to find a replacement on short notice.
In 2012, Bradley announced Feb. 20 that Redfoo of LMFAO had cancelled the group’s Bradley concert performance scheduled April 23, 2012. ACBU was able to schedule Girl Talk in their place.
Director of Student Activities Tom Coy said ACBU is moving quickly to find a new artist.
“There is still a great window of time to make a quality concert happen this semester,” Coy said. “I am hopeful that we will know in the next two or three weeks all the details on if a new concert will occur and who it will be.”
ACBU’s statements said it is “diligently and quickly” working to book a new artist.
“We have to submit offers to artists,” said Assistant Director of Student Activities Lauren Smetana. “Their management all have varying response times to potential buyers.”
Smetana said the circumstances, both this year and in 2012, are out of anyone’s control.
“Situations like these are an inherent risk in concert management, and there is nothing we could have done or can do differently in the future to avoid or prevent them,” she said.
In the Feb. 6 edition of Hilltop Happenings, a survey provided by ACBU asked students who they would like to see live in the spring concert. Students were asked to rank six artists: Demi Lovato, The Fray, John Legend, Ellie Goulding, Steve Aoki and Sara Bareilles.
A disclaimer stated that “due to logistics that are out of our control, we cannot guarantee that any of these artists will accept our offer and perform on campus this spring.”
The survey closes at noon Feb. 7.