LADY GAGA “OUTGREW” IRISH CONCERTS
Bad Romance indeed. A Galway-based concert promoter has taken a six-figure settlement from an American management company over a series of cancelled Lady Gaga gigs in Dublin and Belfast. Irish company Grooveyard had advertised concerts by the eccentric New York pop diva for the O2 on 18 October and Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on 14 October as part of her “Konvict Tour”.The concerts were cancelled at short notice after it emerged that Mateo Productions, the organiser of the tour, didn’t have the authority to book Gaga. Grooveyard sued Mateo in New York for $1 million (€739,000) in September but the case was settled last week “for a smaller sum.”
James Gavin of Grooveyard told The Sunday Times that Lady Gaga “outgrew the gigs” after she became an international superstar. In August of last year they had agreed to pay $600,000 (€443,000) to promote the concerts but in September, AEG Live, another promoter, became her sole agent for live shows. Grooveyard contacted Mateo but got no reply – it then cancelled the concerts and launched the legal action.