Poor ticket sales cancel The Voice UK Live tour


The Voice winner Leanne Mitchell

The 11-date tour for The Voice UK Live has been cancelled due to a lack of ticket sales.

The gigs were due to feature eight of the show's finalists.

The Voice UK Live tour was to begin at the Bournemouth International Centre on 12 September and was then due to visit venues in Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, London, Glasgow and Sheffield.

Organisers say fans with tickets for the cancelled dates can get a refund.

A number of ticket outlets had only cited five dates as being axed earlier today (18 June), but organisers have confirmed that none of the scheduled dates will be going ahead.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "Unfortunately, The Voice UK Live has been cancelled due to lack of ticket sales.

"Customers are advised to contact their point of purchase for ticket refunds."

The news comes as the show was criticised for failing to attract viewers.

Episodes of The Voice consistently attracted average audiences of more than 10 million in April, but the ratings had dropped to 4.5 million later in the series.

More than seven million people tuned in to watch 28-year-old Leanne Mitchell, from Lowestoft in Suffolk, be crowned the show's first winner.

Her single, a cover of Whitney Houston's Run To You, failed to make it into the top 40 of the Official Chart.