Irving Music Factory, an entertainment complex that was expected to welcome A-list names onto its stage Aug. 31 and into Labor Day Weekend, will not host its first six shows as planned.
The anticipated music venue was expected to open with a two-night comedy event starring Dave Chappelle on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Chappelle's gigs have been canceled and rescheduled, and Irving Music Factory's following four events in early September have been pulled off of the Irving calendar, too: Brad Paisley, Sept. 2; Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy, Sept. 3; Lifehouse, Sept. 4; and Goo Goo Dolls, Sept. 6.
The venue had previously announced the cancellation of the Larry and Jeff comedy show, saying it was because of Hurricane Harvey, which hit about 250 miles south of the Dallas area.
A statement from LiveNation says the delayed opening is because of construction. A LiveNation spokesperson declined to comment further.
"It is with regret that we apologize to our patrons; however, it is important that we deliver a first-class venue experience," the statement reads.
Irving Music Factory is instead expected to open Sept. 9 with a ZZ Top concert.
Despite this major hiccup in Irving Music Factory's opening weekend, the venue and its promoters have booked impressive talent for the coming months. The venue is expected to host Kiss, the Flaming Lips, Harry Styles, Chris Rock, Bill and Hillary Clinton and many more. See the lineup here.
For ticketholders who were planning on visiting Irving Music Factory this weekend, here's info on rescheduled, moved or TBD events:
- Dave Chappelle concerts previously scheduled for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 will now be Oct. 26 and 27 at Irving Music Factory. Tickets will be honored at rescheduled dates, LiveNation says.
- Brad Paisley concert Sept. 2 is canceled for now; LiveNation says "more details coming soon."
- Jeff & Larry's Backyard BBQ Sept. 3 has been canceled; refunds are available.
- Lifehouse and Switchfoot
concert Sept. 4 has been moved to South Side Ballroom.
- Goo Goo Dolls, who were scheduled to play Sept. 6 with Phillip Phillips, will be moved to Starplex Pavilion. Refunds are available, LiveNation says, or tickets "will be reissued by Ticketmaster Customer Service or can be exchanged at the Starplex Box Office."
At the new venue for the Goo Goo Dolls concert, attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishables to donate to Hurricane Harvey, according to a statement from the band. Those who donate can purchase a ticket for the Sept. 6 concert at Starplex in Dallas for $15, which is about half the price that tickets would have cost if the show would have taken place in Irving, according to GuideLive records. About 500 first responders have also been invited to the concert for free.
The Irving Music Factory project, which is being developed by the ARK Group, has been under construction since 2014.
A statement from the city of Irving says officials are "disappointed" in Irving Music Factory's delay and that they "expect ARK will apply all the resources necessary to ensure the successful opening of this exciting new venue."