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One Direction cancel On The Road Again Belfast gig 'after Liam Payne takes ill'

Thousands of rain-soaked fans left disappointed as they are told the gig is off

Published 20/10/2015

One Direction cancelled their concert at Belfast's SSE Arena on Tuesday night, after reports Liam Payne has taken ill.

Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan were due to entertain their army of dedicated fans who had camped out braving the cold to get their hands on the coveted On The Road Again tour tickets.

Can't believe this one direction is cancelled

Posted by Leah Mulholland on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Fans were told the news moments before the band were due to take to the stage.

In a statement on their website, Aiken Promotions said: "The show tonight has been cancelled as Liam has taken ill, and whilst not serious , he is unable to perform tonight.

"Please hold on to your tickets. A further statement will be made in the morning. The band apologise to the fans and wish Liam better."

Loyal fans had been queuing for hours on rainy night Belfast night to get the best spot to see their idols.

A bystander described children being in 'floods of tears' after hearing the news.

Fans have expressed their outrage and disappointment on social media.

"Yikes lots of sad fans heading home tonight," one tweeted.

Another tweeted: "absolute disgrace in Belfast tonight! Such a sin on them poor kids waiting to see you. Don't be surprised if you loose fans!!![sic]".

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015
Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 SSE Arena staff hand out water to the waiting fans. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Left to right. Fans José Delhez and Shelley Kerssens from Holland pictured at the SSE Arena. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Left to right. Fans Niamh O'Neill and Maeve Devlin pictured at the SSE Arena. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Jessika Douglas, who traveled from Australia for last night's cancelled gig, pictured outside the SSE Arena. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 One Direction fans queue up at the SSE Arena in Belfast ahead of tonight's concert. Left to right. Rebecca Millar, Julia Leslie, Sasha Larkin and Katie McNeilly. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Left to right. Fans Niamh O'Neill and Maeve Devlin pictured at the SSE Arena. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 SSE Arena staff hand out water to the waiting fans. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
One Direction cancel Belfast gig: Pictured is Corinne Davison with Lynesy Davison from Carryduff at the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott
Picture - Kevin Scott Tuesday 20th October 2015 - Belfast Northern Ireland- 1direction cancelled Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast where 1 direction have cancelled their nights concert following a sudden illness by Liam Payne Picture - Kevin Scott
Picture - Kevin Scott Tuesday 20th October 2015 - Belfast Northern Ireland- 1direction cancelled Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast where 1 direction have cancelled their nights concert following a sudden illness by Liam Payne Picture - Kevin Scott
Picture - Kevin Scott Tuesday 20th October 2015 - Belfast Northern Ireland- 1direction cancelled Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast where 1 direction have cancelled their nights concert following a sudden illness by Liam Payne Picture - Kevin Scott
Picture - Kevin Scott Tuesday 20th October 2015 - Belfast Northern Ireland- 1direction cancelled Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast where 1 direction have cancelled their nights concert following a sudden illness by Liam Payne Picture - Kevin Scott
Picture - Kevin Scott Tuesday 20th October 2015 - Belfast Northern Ireland- 1direction cancelled Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast where 1 direction have cancelled their nights concert following a sudden illness by Liam Payne Picture - Kevin Scott
1D fans outside the SSE Arena, Belfast on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the gig. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energisers along with 1D fans Cara Hannon, Michaela Gallagher, Hannah O'Donnell and Amy McGreevy prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energisers along with 1D fans Marion Monteiro, Krouza Chalaris and Mathilde Gaillot prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energisers along with 1D fans from Lisburn prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energisers along with 1D fans Nikki Leendertsen, Chloe Zielinski, Manon Leyssen prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energisers along with 1D fans Sylvana Ten Caat, Myan Whyatt and Loarena Whyatt prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
SSE Energiser Jennifer Evans along with 1D fans Emma Armstrong, Lauren McClatchey and Hannah Monaghan prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energiser Lee Waring along with 1D fans Sarah Emerson and Louise Stafford prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energiser Rebecca Ferris along with 1D fans Jess Wilson and Amy Wright prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energisers along with 1D fans prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 Fans pictured outside the SSE Arena in Belfast for the first of 3 concerts tonight. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 Fans Emma Kearney from Newry pictured outside the SSE Arena in Belfast for the first of 3 concerts tonight. Picture By: Pacemaker Press

The band's official Twitter account tweeted: "Belfast! Are you ready? #OnTheRoadAgain2015" only hours before the show was to begin.

The hashtag '#GetWellSoonLiam' began trending on Twitter just minutes after the cancellation.

Some 30,000 fans in Northern Ireland have splashed out more than £1.6m on tickets for the band's three sell-out shows.

One Direction cancel Belfast gig: Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott
One Direction cancel Belfast gig: Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott
One Direction cancel Belfast gig: Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott
One Direction cancel Belfast gig: Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott
One Direction cancel Belfast gig: Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott
One Direction cancel Belfast gig: Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott
One Direction cancel Belfast gig: Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott
One Direction cancel Belfast gig: Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott

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