Entrepreneur education organisation Heavy Chef announced today that the upcoming experiences with international singer and creative innovator Imogen Heap in Cape Town on 13 and 14 March and Johannesburg 18 and 21 March have been cancelled.
These sessions were made possible because Imogen Heap was scheduled to appear in South Africa on the first leg of her Mycelia World Tour.
Heap will, however, be presenting her keynote to a Cape Town audience via livestream on the 13th March at Workshop17 at the V&A Waterfront. Imogen Heap’s international dates remain fixed and the tour will continue outside of South Africa.
“I am very disappointed to share with my fans in South Africa that our upcoming concert dates in Cape Town and Johannesburg have had to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.”
Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef, explained, “Unfortunately, we received news on the weekend that Imogen will no longer be coming to South Africa.”
“We know that many of our community members were looking forward to hearing from one of the music industry’s most innovative musicians and entrepreneurs. We share in your disappointment and would like to deeply apologise to all ticket holders who were as excited as we were to host Imogen in South Africa.”
Imogen Heap stated yesterday from London: “I am very disappointed to share with my fans in South Africa that our upcoming concert dates in Cape Town and Johannesburg have had to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. With this, it means I’m also unable to come and deliver the keynotes, workshops and acoustic evening with the music community, surrounding the future of the music industry.”
“I would especially like to thank Heavy Chef for their incredible work in putting all this together. I was really looking forward to coming back to South Africa to reconnect with the fans and to work with the music community toward better horizons.'“
Heap continued: "While I realise it's a small gesture in light of this disappointing news, I still intend to deliver my keynote to the Heavy Chef audience at Workshop17 on Wednesday evening, remotely via livestream. I do hope to connect with my fans there, and trust that I will meet them all again in person at a concert in the future."
Roed and his team at Heavy Chef have outlined the response for fans and ticket holders: “A key principle at Heavy Chef is Learn. Do. Share. This has been a valuable learning experience for us, and now we’re going to do something about it.”
The steps to be taken by Heavy Chef are as follows:
First, we will be issuing refunds to all those who purchased tickets to any of the events.
Second, we have organized a keynote with Imogen to be live-streamed on 13 March at 18:00. All those who purchased tickets will receive access to this live streamed keynote. Please keep an eye out for an email with additional information.
Third, we intend to learn from these experiences, and we are offering all ticket holders to Imogen Heap’s Heavy Chef experiences access to any of the upcoming evening events hosted by Heavy Chef in March and April.
Justin Norman, Heavy Chef’s Head of Special Projects, added: “We remain hugely supportive of Imogen and her Mycelia / Creative Passport initiative. She is a true innovator and we sincerely hope to see her on South African soil soon.”
More news will be forthcoming on Heavy Chef social media channels as well as via the Heavy Chef community newsletter: www.heavychef.com/join
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