THE show will go on…albeit at a later date….
That is the message from rising music star Sam Ostler who was on the cusp of headlining his first major nationwide tour when when his manager Eliot Vaughan, also a Redditch resident, decided to call it off.
“Eliot was really quick off the mark – he could see where it was all going with coronavirus and we acted a week before it all got really serious,” said Sam.
“It’s a bit of a blow though – I’d even got T-shirts printed with the tour dates on them.”
Sam, from Beoley, describes his music as ‘Elton-esque and Coldplay’ and his piano driven ballads have already earned him a loyal following after gigs supporting blue chip stars like The Three Degrees and The Stylistics.
It’ has brought him to the attention of the BBC, leading him to spend time down in London for Radio 2.
“We’d got the support acts all organised, I’d been practicing four to five hours a day and, to have to cancel it, well, it’s disappointing but it’s also very much for the best and we’ll come back better than ever,” said Sam, who when he is not gigging works at Attwell Farm Park at Bransons Cross.
With hundreds of advance tickets already bought for venues in London, Bristol and Manchester, he is also making a pledge for when the tour eventually gets under way.
“Tickets already bought will be valid for when we do play or will be transferrable to another venue if the original one is unavailable,” said Sam.
“I’ve also got a list of all the people who’ve bought tickets so, if you’ve lost yours, don’t worry, just get in touch.”
Sam’s music is available on Spotify and he can be contacted via Facebook.