The Kooks had been set to perform a sell-out show at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on November 30th, but they have had to cancel. After part of the ceiling fell in at the Winter Gardens in September, the venue has been working hard to restore the Empress Ballroom so that it can reopen for all events.
Bosses at the Winter Gardens have managed to get assessments done to the damage and repair work has been underway. Despite 8 scaffolding structures being erected in the venue, Winter Gardens staff are hopeful that the venue will be in use again as early as Friday November 3rd. This would be almost a month after the damage initially occurred to the building during a routine check on September 4th.
Earlier in October, Placebo, who had a gig scheduled at the Winter Gardens instead moved the location of their event to the Albert Hall in Manchester. Another band, the Libertines had chosen instead to reschedule their September performance at the Winter Gardens to be on December 14th instead. Despite bosses insistence that the venue will be in operation again in the near future, it is not clear as to whether the Empress Ballroom will have been repaired in time for the December concert. The Winter Gardens have not yet announced any concerts in the location for the 2018 season.
The Winter Gardens is part of Blackpool’s Heritage and will be featuring in one of the BPL Bible’s articles soon when we take a look at the history of the building. We hope that it will be returned to it’s usual state of elegance soon so that the venue can once again draw great bands and acts to Blackpool.
If you had tickets to see The Kooks, you should be able to get a refund from the place where you purchased your tickets from.