Robbie Williams’s homecoming concert at Port Vale has been postponed until next summer.
The pop superstar had been destined to return to Burslem to play in front of a hometown crowd on June 20 this year.
However, Robbie and his management have had to rearrange the charity gig due to the ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Organisers are working to finalise a new date for summer 2021 and all tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled event. Ticket holders will be contacted with further information as soon as the new event date is confirmed.
In a special video message we’re sharing with you today, Robbie said: “Due to the current situation the organisers have sensibly decided to postpone this event which will now happen in the summer of 2021.
“As soon as a new date for the show is confirmed it will be announced along with details of the on sale dates for the remaining ticket allocation. Please bear with us until then.
“Tickets already purchased for the event will be valid for the new date.”
Robbie went on to add: “Obviously I’m incredibly gutted about not being able to make the homecoming gig at Port Vale – it’s a gig of a lifetime.
“I was tremendously looking forward to it – I’ve been thinking about it every day since we announced it was going to happen – but what can you do?
“The situation in the world right now means it’s absolutely impossible – if in any way it was we’d be there doing it.
“So that’s the information – stay tuned until we give the information for the new date. Until then – from my family to yours – all the love in the world. Be safe, be sound, wash your hands… and your bum!”
Organisers have previously said that more than 60 per cent of the 10,000 tickets already sold for the concert had been snapped up by fans in the ST (Staffordshire) postcode area and they were looking at ways to ensure more fans from the Potteries can be at Vale Park for a concert which Robbie says will be his most special.
They also revealed that the huge stage for the gig will be positioned across the Railway Paddock – allowing spectators to view the performance from the Hamil Road, Bycars and Lorne Street sides of the stadium, as well as on the pitch itself.
As with previous Robbie concerts, there will be a walkway from the stage shooting out over the pitch in the direction of Lorne Street where a limited number of hospitality boxes will be sold.
Robbie’s homecoming concert is in aid of three charities:
UNICEF UK – In 2000 Robbie became a Unicef UK Ambassador and has continued to be a passionate supporter ever since. In addition, he initiated the hugely successful Soccer Aid for Unicef event which has so far raised more than £38 million to support Unicef’s vital work around the world saving lives and helping children grow up happy, healthy and able to play.
The Hubb Foundation – a charity based in Robbie’s home city of Stoke-on-Trent and launched by Carol Shanahan, owner of Port Vale FC and software company Synectics Solutions. During school holiday periods the Hubb Foundation – working in partnership with the Port Vale Foundation Trust – organises supervised, fun indoor and outdoor activities for thousands of children across Stoke-on-Trent, as well as providing vital free meals. The Hubb Foundation is currently working to provide help, support and supplies for isolated people and families during the current coronavirus crisis.
Donna Louise Children’s Hospice – Robbie has been a Patron of the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, in Trentham, since 2002. The charity supports children and young people who have life-limiting conditions as well as their families. The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice is struggling financially and was recently taken under the wing of Stoke-on-Trent’s other, larger hospice – the Dougie Mac.