Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Trouble at the all-new Newcastle Academy, where the first big test of the venue, Ian Brown, was pulled off stage after twenty minutes because the floor gave way.

It seems four or five of the joists under the main floor came out of their springs. Academy spokesperson Steve Foster (not the Brighton and Hove Albion 1983 captain) said:

"Whilst nobody was in any danger, there was a possibility there would be some movement of the main floor.

"So we had to make the decision to pull the show and that's what we did.

"We are speaking to Ian Brown to see if the gig can be rescheduled at the back end of their tour.

"If so, people will be given the opportunity to keep their tickets and go to the next concert, but if they can't, or if we can't rearrange it, they will definitely get their money back."

The sense of sagging isn't entirely unknown around a half-hour into an Ian Brown gig, but it's usually the music rather than the building which wobbles.