Cancelled due to low ticket sales: Manfred Mann gig in Plovdiv

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The promoters of the Manfred Mann gig, which was going to take place at the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv tomorrow, have cancelled the show. The Bulgarian language publication Pod Tepeto reported, only 370 tickets had been sold. That is why the band’s management had agreed to the cancellation.

All other concerts scheduled at the Ancient Theater, including the Marillion gig, will reportedly take place.

Ticket holders can get a full refund at Eventim Ticket Desks, from October 2nd, 2017.

This was the preview article on the Manfred Mann gig:

When a boy named Manfred Sepse Lubowitz was born in Johannesburg in 1940, nobody had the slightest clue he would found the first South African Rock band, be a global superstar a few years later, and that his stunning career would last for decades.

South Africa was a racist state, which discriminated, oppressed and even murdered its Black majority. For a musician of Jewish origin, who was opposed to Apartheid, things were not easy either.

With a friend, he founded a band called The Vikings as early as 1959. In 1961, he moved to England, where he began writing for the “Jazz News”. The pseudonym he used was Manfred Mann, which sounded far more catchy than Manfred Sepse Lubowitz. He still uses that name today.

Manfred Mann (in the center, with glasses) and the band in the 1960-s.

Mann is a true musician. In Johannesburg, and under his birth name, he had studied music at the University of the Witwatersrand, while hitting Jazz club stages as a pianist, at night. Even as a Rock star, the Jazz influence would stay with him all his life.

Constantly, Manfred Mann had bands, delivering “all that Jazz” and the Blues. With a group named after him, Manfred Mann, they scored several hits before the 1970-s started, including “Mighty Quinn”, a tune anyone older than 40 would know.

Manfred Mann

Mann disbanded the band in 1969, only to create a new one, which would play experimental Jazz-Rock tunes. He was one of the pioneers of this genre, along with Santana, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago and only a few other groups.

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band was founded in 1971. It stands for huge hits such as “Blinded by the Light”, “Spirits in the Night” or “Davy’s on the Road Again”. Mann always had some other bands on the side, but Manfred Mann’s Earth Band has been the main product in the past 47 years.

This very band, with Manfred Mann himself, who is 76 by now, will hit the nicest stage Bulgaria has to offer, on September 23, 2017. It’s the one at the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv. Tickets are available here. The price range: 40 to 80 Leva.

 

 

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Imanuel Marcus is Associate Editor of The Sofia Globe. He is German and lives in Sofia. Contact: imanuelmarcus (at) gmail.com