NEW DETAILS: Carolina Kickoff cancelled due to conflicting events, field repair cost

Blake Shelton
FILE - This June 7, 2016 file photo shows Blake Shelton performing at the 12th Annual Stars for Second Harvest Benefit at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Lawyers for Shelton and In Touch magazine asked a federal judge in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 13, 2017, to dismiss the country star's defamation lawsuit against the tabloid over a 2015 cover story that declared he was headed to rehab. No settlement details were included, but Shelton has denied the allegations in the story and won an early court ruling that kept the case alive.  (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — East Carolina University is now responding to the postponement of the Carolina Kickoff Concert featuring Blake Shelton.

In a statement released Sunday, a university spokesperson said:

“ECU was contacted by Basis Entertainment requesting that the performance of the Carolina Kickoff be rescheduled, citing several reasons but voicing special concern about the timing of the show. Basis Entertainment believed that the event would be negatively affected by other events on the scheduled date. Concerns were raised, as well, by the prospect of increased costs associated with replacing turf damaged using a new field covering being applied by event management. The event has been rescheduled for April 21, 2018. More information regarding the lineup and a list of new artists for the rescheduled Carolina Kickoff will be made available within the next few weeks.”

WNCT has reached out to Basis Entertainment for comment, but have not heard back yet.

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Blake Shelton will not be performing at East Carolina University August 19, according to organizers of the Carolina Kickoff concert.

Blake Shelton’s management released a statement earlier today.

“With regard to Greenville NC, the university has told us we must reschedule our show for April 21st of 2018 as explained in our previous email. Although we are hopeful Blake will agree to move the date, we understand he may have a scheduling conflict that prevents him from doing so. If this is the case, Basis Entertainment would like to move forward with replacing Blake for this performance and cancel the date.”

The move was scheduled to limit damage to the football field, according to Shelton’s management team.

Shelton also responded to his fans on twitter about the rescheduling.

“Hello to my fans in Greenville and the surrounding area. I wanna be clear that the Greenville concert cancel had NOTHING to do with me/my camp. I was ready to play! The show has been rescheduled to April and, as you know, every April and May for the last five years I have a commitment at The Voice. I love Greenville! I’ll be back ASAP!”

With Shelton out, the Carolina Kickoff has been rescheduled to April 21. So far, the headliner is unknown.

Tickets that have already been purchased will be honored for the rescheduled date.

In addition to honoring those tickets, there will be a free show for fans who have already purchased tickets.

The show will feature country artists Big & Rich, Parmalee and Tucker Beathard and will take place in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on August 19, the original date of the Carolina Kickoff.

If you have already purchased tickets, you can RSVP here to attend the free show.

If you would like to contact Carolina Kickoff with any questions, you can email them at CarolinaKickoffTicketing@gmail.com. 

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