XPR Augusta Not Canceled, Viewers Cancel Travel Plans As Artists Step Down
AUGUSTA, Georgia (WJBF)– Questions about whether the show will continue at Lake Olmstead Masters Week are still up in the air. Ticket sales to see artists such as Blake Shelton, Jimmy Buffett and Tim McGraw were suspended last week due to issues with the venue, but people who have purchased tickets are unsure if the event is still taking place .
Jim Gay and Buddy Roussel met with their group of friends at a Jimmy Buffett concert years ago. Traveling across the country for Buffett concerts has become their long-standing tradition.
“This one sounded particularly appealing because we love golf too and it was going to be around the Masters. I was really, really, really looking forward to all of us getting together and hanging out and going to see Jimmy Buffett,” said Roussel, who lives in Baton Rouge.
The group even made matching caddy uniforms for the event.
But their excitement turned to confusion when XPR Augusta announced that ticket sales had been suspended due to ground issues at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
“There are problems with the ground, I understand. It’s out of their control, I guess, but communicating better would have been nice,” said Gay, who lives in Philadelphia.
Gay says he hasn’t received a response from XPR as to whether the concert is still going on or not.
XPR Augusta tells NewsChannel 6 that the event is not canceled, but some viewers say it’s unclear if the concert is still taking place.
“It puts people in such a precarious position. Few people have close to $1,000 just to say okay, keep the money. The concert is cancelled, save my money,” said Marissa Coyne, who lives in Philadelphia.
Coyne planned to make the trip to Augusta from Philadelphia for his 57and Jimmy Buffet concert.
“All I wanted for my birthday was to see Jimmy Buffett on my birthday. I didn’t want a party, I didn’t want any fuss, I just wanted my husband and I to go to that concert. said Coyne.
The XPR website currently lists Jimmy Buffett to perform among other things, but Buffett’s official website has no Augusta dates listed – a change from a week ago.
Some viewers say that artists not listing the concert on their official websites made them nervous and they also decided to pull out.
Coyne, Gay, Boussel and their friends have all canceled their trips and are trying to get their money back.
“My frustration is that it’s two weeks away and a lot of travel sites, a lot of airlines, a lot of rental cars, that two week window is really imperative to get your money back,” Coyne said.
“We are working on a plan B for another destination, but I was really looking forward to it. It combines two of my favorite things, Jimmy Buffett and the Masters. It was a no-brainer for me and it’s disappointing to come to this,” Gay said.
C4 Live, the promoter of the event, said in a statement:
“Our number one priority remains the safety and security of all of our fans, talent, employees, volunteers and community partners. Geotechnical engineers were on hand to perform further analysis of the infield and outfield at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Ticket production and sales remain temporarily suspended for the time being. We will share more information as it becomes available. – Michael Perry and Greg Costello, Managing Partners, C4 Live.