Sleaford Mods failed to play their gig at Brighton’s Prince Albert on Saturday (April 26) when frontman Jason Williamson disappeared following their show at London’s 12 Bar Club the night before.
With his Sleaford Mods partner Andrew Fearn in attendance, the sold-out gig was already underway with a support set from York performance poet Mark Wynn when the announcement was made that Williamson had gone AWOL.
While many disgruntled ticket-holders walked out, poet/rapper Attila The Stockbroker took to the stage to deliver an impromptu set of his own. The veteran performer claimed he‘d been intending to ask the band to play his annual Glastonwick festival and asked to crowd to wish Williamson well.
Later in the evening, with the venue almost empty, Fearn took it upon himself to entertain the remaining punters with a playback of Sleaford Mods’ new album ‘Divide And Exit’, which was released yesterday (April 28). The musician spent an hour on stage, playing tracks straight from his laptop, dancing and giving away Sleaford Mods CDs and vinyl.
Jason Williamson eventually surfaced online on Sunday afternoon, posting this message on Facebook and Twitter: “I’d like to apologise to those that came to see us in Brighton last night. It’s been really busy this past few months and old demons got the better of me. It’s no excuse and it’s not on.”
When contacted by NME, Williamson was unwilling to elaborate on where he’d been or what his “old demons” were but reiterated that he was “really sorry” for his no-show.
Ticketholders for the Prince Albert show can obtain refunds at point of purchase or use them for entry to Sleaford Mods’ next Brighton gig, at The Haunt (October 25).
Sleaford Mods will play:
Skipton Beacons Festival (August 9)
Leeds Brudenell Social Club (29)
Bristol The Exchange (September 6)
Cardiff The Moon Club (7)
Cambridge The Portland Arms (11)
Nottingham Spanky Van Dykes (13)
Manchester Academy 3 (19)
Leicester O2 Academy (October 16)
London The 100 Club (24)
Brighton The Haunt (25)