Monday 11 December 2017

Payne for fans as One Direction cancel Belfast gig

1D fans were left in tears last night after the band cancelled their gig in Belfast because Liam (left) was ill
1D fans were left in tears last night after the band cancelled their gig in Belfast because Liam (left) was ill

Denise Calnan and Emma Jane Hade

There were tantrums and tears as thousands of One Direction fans were left bitterly disappointed after the boy-band cancelled their Belfast concert minutes before they were due on stage.

More than 12,000 stunned fans at last night's sell-out gig were informed shortly after 9pm that Liam Payne had fallen ill.

A statement also went up on screens at the SSE Belfast Arena assuring fans that Liam's condition was "not serious", but still meant he "was unable to perform".

The band asked fans to retain their tickets and said further information would be made available today.

"The band apologise to the fans and wish Liam better," the statement continued.

Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan last night took to social media to apologise for the cancellation. It is not yet known if scheduled gigs tonight and on Thursday will go ahead.

"Deepest apologies to everyone at the show tonight... very disappointed. Unfortunately these things happen. We're very sorry. H," Styles wrote on Twitter.

"We're so, so sorry for what happened tonight, it was out of our control!," Tomlinson said.

He added: "Lots of love to Liam and thank you for being so understanding."

Fans were naturally disappointed as many had travelled from all over Ireland and had booked hotels as part of their trip to the Belfast gig.

The scheduled show was part of the 'On The Road Again' tour, which saw the boys play three sold-out dates in Dublin last weekend.

The band have had a turbulent year with Zayn Malik leaving in March to pursue a solo career.

In August, the band announced they would take a break next year - their first since they were formed on X-Factor in 2010.

Irish Independent

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