Oliver Anthony Cancels Knoxville Show Due To Unfair Ticket Prices "They Should Be $40 At Most"
Oliver Anthony is showing up for his fans!
Last nigh the breakout star canceled his show at Knoxville's Cotton Eye Joe citing that they agreed to play the show without knowing the ticket prices. In a video posted on Oliver's socials, the star is clearly upset and confused and vows to make it right.
“I’m just upset seeing those prices,” Anthony admitted in the video. “Cotton Eyed Joe has been cancelled. Ultimately, it’s my fault for not being more directly involved with the venues who have reached out,” Anthony admitted. “My plate has been full and I delegated the responsibility to someone else to help me book. I am not pointing fingers at Cotton Eyed Joe, I don’t know where the miscommunication took place.”
The Rich Man North Of Richmond singer was clearly disappointed to cancel but was not going to stand for the ticket prices set by the venue. Ticket prices started at $99 and paid meet-and-greet opportunities were $199.
“I’m just upset seeing those prices. We will find another place in Knoxville area that can do $25 ticket and free meet and greet,” he said. “I will work to get your tickets refunded from my own budget if they can’t," Anthony ensured fans.
His frustrations echo a lot of other artists from Zach Bryan to Luke Combs on the unfair ticket prices set by venues and promoters. Although the Knoxville venue did speak out on their socials as well stating they set those prices to "break even."
"The North Man of Richmond contracted to play the Cotton Eyed Joe for $120,000 for 60 minutes...," the venue said. "After doing the math and knowing we can only hold apprx. 1500 people, paying the ticket website their fee to sell the tickets, paying the tax man, opening the JOE on a closed night... we set the ticket price to break even and bring our customers a show we thought would be fun. To our talent agency and promotor friends that follow us... be careful booking the North Man of Richmond."
Oliver also stated in a separate video that he is new to the industry and the process and took full responsibility. “This will never happen again. Thanks for your patience. I am still learning how all of this works,” Anthony said. "$25 ticket prices on all upcoming shows, excluding the two that we already have scheduled (Poppy Mountain and Louder than Life.) Free meet and greet at all shows," he went on to say.
Needless to say, Oliver opened up a can of worms that needs to be addressed.