Look up the word “”hoax”” in any dictionary and you will see pictures of the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and our pixie-faced friend from the icy north, Bjoerk.
No, Bjoerk really is a singer from Iceland, but her name has been mixed up in what shall be henceforth called “”The Great San Diego Bjoerk Hoax.””
The Icelandic star was supposedly scheduled to play a small Hillcrest club, The Flame, on Jan. 15. Tickets were sold and fans were excited. A concert of such proportions — huge star meets tiny club — was a once-in-a-lifetime show.
The Flame’s plans were snuffed out when Alex Conate, the man who was to bring Bjoerk to town, allegedly fled with $16,000 in ticket sales, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune article.
Thus, the alleged Great San Diego Bjoerk Hoax.
According to reports, Conate (aliases include the urban “”DJ Liquid Groove”” and questionable “”Keanu””) approached local promoter Bryan Pollard and claimed he knew Bjoerk from producing the Icelandic version of her album, “”Homogenic.””
Though Pollard reportedly found no Icelandic version of “”Homogenic”” online or in record stores, he trusted Conate enough to let him stay at his home for a month and coordinate a concert. Pollard received e-mails from “”Bjoerk”” detailing her arrival for the show. The show sold out its $40 tickets.
Then Conate split. He allegedly ran right out of town with the cash in his pocket, and left Pollard, The Flame and Bjoerk fans up Scam River.
The clean hoax ensured that Conate got the money and was untraceable. Conate insisted that tickets were sold on Pollard’s Web site, severing any electronic links to himself.
Obviously, the Jan. 15 Bjoerk concert at The Flame was cancelled.