Promoter Produces Party Poser?

A New York City party promoter allegedly tried to pass off a Ne-Yo impersonator as the real thing to a Labor Day party crowd at a popular Manhattan nightclub.

The New York Post’s Page Six reported that promoter group Party At NYC sold tickets to an Aug. 31 party at the city’s Mansion nightclub featuring an appearance from Ne-Yo. Tickets were said to be $20 in advance and $35 for VIP.

When the R&B artist hadn’t arrived by 1:30 a.m., promoters reportedly told the crowd he was stuck in traffic. Shortly after that, promoters said Ne-Yo had arrived and the alleged impersonator took the stage, according to the Post.

The situation got worse when the ruse didn’t work, leaving promoters to use the excuse that Ne-Yo was “stuck in the Gulf of Mexico,” the paper said.

Turns out Ne-Yo was never scheduled to appear at Mansion and was already booked at the Guest House club for the same evening.

A rep for the singer told Page Six, “Ne-Yo was never confirmed to perform at club Mansion that weekend, and there was never a performance scheduled or any contracts signed for Ne-Yo to appear.”

However, another promoter was also pushing the Ne-Yo appearance.

An Internet search turned up an elaborate show flyer posted on advertising the Ne-Yo appearance at Mansion by a promoter called Access Nightlife for that same evening.

The flyer with accompanying text covered ticket options of $30 per person or general seating with bottle service of one to three bottles minimum, and a strict dress code.

Included in the FAQs it was stated “Disregard any rumors. Rest assure that we have spent ALOT of money to make sure Ne-Yo actually sings [sic],” as well as the requirement that tickets be purchased in addition to the bottle service option.

“Due to the high cost of leading this high end mega nightclub and the high profile artist and amount of performance, we require mandatory admission for all,” the text said.