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Pharrell Williams gig that never was - Newry club not Happy

By Maureen Coleman

The Newry nightclub that announced a guest appearance by Pharrell Williams has apologised to disappointed fans after it was revealed the global superstar's booking had not been secured.

Bosses at Bed nightclub in the city's Francis Court complex said they had booked the US producer/singer to host an event next week in good faith through a third party in Dublin.

But in a statement issued yesterday by Bed's management, they said the Ask 1 Agency, which looks after DJ appearances, could not fulfil the booking and that the Happy star would not now be appearing at the club next Saturday night.

The statement said: "We wish to announce with immediate effect that as a result of circumstances beyond our control, Pharrell Williams will not now appear in our venue on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

"We can confirm that we had booked Mr Williams in good faith through the Ask 1 Agency in Dublin but it appears now that the booking cannot be fulfilled by Ask 1 Agency for us.

"We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and can confirm that all appropriate refunds to disappointed patrons will be paid in full."

A hotel source said that a large sum of money had been exchanged for the booking.

The original story about Williams' appearance at the Newry club was carried by several newspaper and news websites on both sides of the border.

Posters were put up around Newry and on social networking sites earlier this week advertising the event and tickets had been sold.

The MTV Music and Grammy-award winning artist is due to play Marlay Park in Dublin next week alongside Kanye West.

According to the BBC, Williams' publicist expressed surprise when told of the appearance in Newry and confirmed that no booking existed.

The Virginia-born megastar is behind such huge hits as Happy, Get Lucky and Blurred Lines.

The Ask 1 Agency in Dublin said the matter was with its solicitors in Cavan and that a statement would be issued later.

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