Up and coming singer Le Cat Trong Ly's trans-Vietnam tour will only reach three of its original six target cities after the main sponsor withdrew support this week.
In the press conference on September 6, Ly confirmed that she will only perform in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Quy Nhon. Hue, Hoi An, and Hanoi have been cut from the final performing schedule. Caviar de Duc is the sponsor that withdrew.
The tour, titled Vui (Happy), will kick off September 10 in HCMC and wrap up on September 24 in Da Nang, the singer's hometown.
Director Le Quy Duong, the tour's manager, expressed his regret that the tour cannot fulfill its original goals. Duong is famous for his rich cultural arrangement of Festival Hue 2010 and Coffee Festival 2011.
Duong said that in spite of the trouble, Ly's performance will be as good as ever, with her trademark simplicity and passion.
"The audiences will have chance to be enchanted by Ly's gifted voice and her perfect band, instead of being dazzled by a huge stage show with special visual effects like local artists often do with their live-shows," Duong said.
A special show for students at the Academy of Journalism and Communication in Hanoi during her tour has also been canceled since Ly and her band will no longer be traveling to the capital city.
Ly said that she will try to arrange another tour in the near future to hit the three missing venues. The young artist said her biggest wish is to perform for free throughout Vietnam for her fans all over the country.
Ly and her band, pianist Vu Dang Quoc Viet, violinist Nguyen Dan Cat Du, drummer Luong Binh Khoi and noted bass guitarist Nguyen Tien Chinh, who is now staging a comeback after 25 years of retirement, will perform 29 songs, including 27 originals and two covers.
Tickets, priced from VND100,000 1 million, are available at the HCMC Conservatory of Music, the venue of the tour's first performances on September 10 and 11.