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Unity In The City addresses Travis Greene’s no-show

Published:Wednesday | August 21, 2019 | 12:29 AM
Travis Greene
Travis Greene

The organisers of gospel concert Unity In the City have apologised to those patrons who had a “less-than-ideal” experience at the recently concluded event. Several patrons were left disappointed by the absence of one of the headline acts, Travis Greene.

In a statement issued Monday evening, the organisers noted that their plan was to “execute a one-of-a-kind gospel and worship experience that would bring everyone together to proclaim the glory and name of the living God,” but admitted that while there were commendations from many patrons, “others have expressed that for them, it was less than ideal”.

The release continued: “This is sorely regrettable and we deeply apologise for it.”

Addressing the Travis Greene issue, the Unity In the City team said, “Of note was the absence of our international ambassador and Unity in the City regular Travis Greene. The timing of the communication of his non-appearance, along with other scheduling and logistics related to some of the acts on the show, impacted the event’s production.”

Patrons complained that nothing was said on the night of the event regarding Greene’s absence, although some fans knew that the gospel artiste would not be present because he had posted a message on social media.

“We value the patronage and are equally disappointed when the time, effort and the money of any patron is expended, only to have returns that fail to deliver on what was promised. And as we review the feedback, it is clear we did not deliver what was promised,” the statement noted.

Gratitude

“We wish to thank all who attended the show on Saturday, 17th August 2019. We were overwhelmed and humbled by the interest and support that swelled the days leading up to the event and the turnout was just as humbling and worthy of praise. We are even more gratified that despite the obvious challenges, thousands of patrons stayed to the end. We see this as a mandate from the Lord to transform the nation for the present and future generations of Jamaicans. And we are very committed to this mandate,” the organisers pledged.

“We are grateful to our sponsors for the confidence they have placed in us as we collaborated for the fulfilment of the mandate. We thank, also, our prayer teams, pastors, our volunteers, partners and suppliers, many of whom extended grace to us in many respects as we worked on Unity in the City 2019,” they continued.

Meanwhile, plans have already started for the staging of Unity in the City 2020.

“However, we will pause, at this time, to consider the feedback our patrons have shared and move to make the necessary adjustments that will ensure Unity in the City 2020 is a great experience for all concerned. In the meantime, we ask our patrons to share their concerns with us at feedback4unity@gmail.com.”