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Don’t blame it on the boogie - Jacksons gig clashes with rally

Rally on Douglas promenade outside the Gaiety Theatre. Below, The Jacksons

Rally on Douglas promenade outside the Gaiety Theatre. Below, The Jacksons

  • by Adrian Darbyshire
 

Staging a pop spectacle as big as The Jacksons was never going to be as easy as ABC.

The outdoor show at the Villa Marina Gardens has been billed as the party of summer 2014.

But organisers are now having to consider a change of venue as the visit by the US superstars on Thursday, September 11, clashes with the spectator stage of Rally Isle of Man taking place the same night on Harris Promenade in Douglas.

It’s not known which will be the louder – the raucous rally cars or Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito Jackson performing I Want You Back.

Villa Marina bosses and rally representatives met on Friday to discuss the clash – but say they are confident the matter can be resolved.

The Department of Economic Development is responsible for organising The Jacksons’ concert and is principal sponsor of Rally Isle of Man.

Dawn Maddrell, general manager at the Villa Marina, confirmed that they were looking at whether to switch the spectator stage of the rally to the Friday or move the venue of the Jacksons’ show: ‘We are looking at both options – we are sorting it out between us.’

She said there was no other night that The Jacksons could be staged. ‘It was a Hobson’s choice. There would be a clash,’ she said.

Ms Maddrell said there were ‘options’ for alternative venues for The Jacksons concert and a decision would be need to be made fairly quickly. It is understood the Nunnery could be one possibility if the show is moved.

John Gill, chairman of Rally Isle of Man, said: ‘We have had a useful meeting with the Villa Marina. Matters will be resolved so that those who want to go to see The Jacksons and those wish to see the rally will be able to.’

This year’s Rally Isle of Man has added prestige following the announcement that it has rejoined the British Rally Championship series.

It is scheduled to start on the evening of Thursday September 11 with the Villa Marina side-by-side stage on Douglas promenade that has rapidly become a huge draw for spectators.

Original members Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, and Tito Jackson will be playing all their classic hits during the island show including ‘ABC’, ‘Blame it on the Boogie’, ‘I Want You Back’, and ‘I’ll Be There’ – still the best selling song in Motown history.

Their late brother Michael will also be making an appearance with his performances joining in on some songs via video screens.

Tickets for the Jacksons’ concert are priced at £75 (including 2 per cent booking fee) and available online via www.villagaiety.com and from the ticketing hotline on 01624 600555 or in person at the Welcome Centre, Douglas.

 

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