‘That’s Not Acceptable’: Oliver Anthony Cancels Tennessee Show Over High Ticket Prices

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Overnight sensation Oliver Anthony abruptly canceled a show he had scheduled for September 27 at the Cotton Eyed Joe nightclub in Knoxville, Tennessee, blaming the high cost of tickets. 

“Cotton Eyed Joe has been cancelled [sic]. Ultimately, it’s my fault for not being more directly involved with the venues who have reached out. My plate has been full and I delegated the responsibility to someone else to help me book,” the singer shared with fans on Facebook Monday night. “I am not pointing fingers at Cotton Eyed Joe, I don’t know where the miscommunication took place. I’m just upset seeing those prices.”

“We will find another place in Knoxville area that can do $25 ticket and free meet and greet,” Anthony continued. ”I will work to get your tickets refunded from my own budget if they can’t. This will never happen again. Thanks for your patience. I am still learning how all of this works.”

The “Rich Men North of Richmond” composer posted a similar message on his official Instagram page. 

“Don’t buy $90 Cotton Eyed Joe tickets or $200 for a meet and greet. That’s not acceptable,” he wrote in a video caption explaining what happened. “Just saw the Facebook post and lost my s***. Miscommunication with my friend booking shows and I. My shows should never cost more than $40, ideally no more than $25. Hell, out of the 4 shows we have currently done, 2 of them have been completely free. This will get straightened out tonight. Hold off on buying tickets for now.”


The event venue Cotton Eyed Joe fired back at the accusations of exorbitant ticket prices with a Facebook post of its own. The nightclub said the ticket prices reflected a “break even” amount, claiming it had made a deal with Anthony to play at the venue for an hour for $120,000. 

“Most times we say a show has been cancelled [sic] due to circumstances beyond our control … well we are cancelling [sic] the Oliver Anthony show under our full control. All refunds will be made in the next few business days to your original form of payment,” the post on the venue’s account said. 

“The North Man of Richmond contracted to play the Cotton Eyed Joe for $120,000 for 60 minutes …. after doing the math and knowing we can only hold apprx. 1500 people, paying the ticket website their fee to sell the tickets, paying the tax man, opening the JOE on a closed night … we set the ticket price to break even and bring our customers a show we thought would be fun. To our talent agency and promotor friends that follow us … be careful booking the North Man of Richmond.”

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