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Kids in tears after Little Mix cancel Belfast gigs as thousands queue outside

Young fans of girl group, some of whom travelled from as far afield as Galway, Derry and even Wales, see their spirits crushed as four-piece calls off shows at last minute

By Allan Preston

Published 01/04/2016

Flashback to the fallout from Little Mix cancellation of Belfast gig - Seven year-old Lola Gilmore from Portadown
Flashback to the fallout from Little Mix cancellation of Belfast gig - Seven year-old Lola Gilmore from Portadown
Flashback to the fallout from Little Mix cancellation of Belfast gig - Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Emile Watson Claire McLaughlin Eve Graham Picture: Kevin Scott
Mia Lundy (5) from Coleraine was in tears
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Katie Dougan and Alex Redpath Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Ella and Amy Louise McLaughlin from Belfast
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Aoife,Shiuna and Katie Lennon from Monaghan.
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Keela Laverty from Lisburn.
Emma, Erin, Clodagh, Leann, Jamie, Rhiannin, Megan and Fiona were all left frustrated at the cancellation
Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Megan and Lilly Doherty Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Sauna Heaney is comforted by her mother Emma as Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance.
Little Mix Thursday afternoon concert at SSE Arena Belfast was cancelled after a member fell ill. Long journey back to the North West. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Katie Coyle, Georgia Linehan, Carolyn Fitzsimons, Maeve Linehan and Fiona Linehan Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Little Mix Thursday afternoon concert at SSE Arena Belfast was cancelled after a member fell ill. Long journey back to the North West. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Katie Dougan 8 Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Emma, Erin, Clodagh , Leann, Jamie, Rhiannin , Megan and Fiona Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Little Mix fans are waiting desperately for updates after two concerts in Belfast were cancelled at the last minute.

Thousands of young fans had been queueing excitedly outside the SSE Arena along Queen's Quay before the doors were due to open at 1pm for the first of two shows.

The Little Mix twitter account had shown no sign of trouble, encouraging fans to send in pictures of themselves looking forward to the concerts.

Families had taken advantage of the Easter holidays to travel from Belfast, Downpatrick, Coleraine, Derry and further afield.

It wasn't until 1.25pm that security guards came outside holding signs to make the announcement that the concert was cancelled after one of Little Mix's four singers, Jesy Nelson, had taken sick.

Aiken PR, which was handling promotion for the concerts, hastily issued a statement.

It read: "Little Mix have unfortunately had to cancel both of their Arena shows in Belfast today. Sadly Jesy is unwell and unable to sing, and as a result both the matinee and evening shows are cancelled.

"Little Mix would like to apologise to their fans. Ticket holders should hold on to their tickets and await further news."

The girl group is next scheduled to perform in Sheffield on Saturday night and no concerts have been planned in the SSE arena for tonight. As yet it's not known if the concerts can be rescheduled that quickly.

With the infamous cancellation of a One Direction pop concert in the SSE Arena last year, many parents were left wondering what happened to the old saying "the show must go on".

Jesy Nelson (far right) promised on Instagram that Little Mix would dedicate a song at their Belfast show.
Jesy Nelson (far right) promised on Instagram that Little Mix would dedicate a song at their Belfast show.
Little Mix
Jade Thirlwall
Little Mix perform on stage during the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Little Mix like to think their show is just the right amount of sexy
Little Mix
Jade Thirlwall (fourth right), Perrie Edwards (second left), Jesy Nelson (third right) and Leigh-Anne Pinnock (second right) of Little Mix with their mothers arriving for the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2016. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
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Little Mix are spending their third week at the top of the charts with their track Black Magic
Little Mix

There was also anger that it had been left to security guards to make the announcement.

Many contacted the Belfast Telegraph to express their disappointment.

Carolyn McWilliams said: "I am gutted that tonight's concert has been cancelled as I purchased the tickets for my daughter's 10th birthday, which is today.

"We didn't have a party or anything as she was attending the concert and now we have nothing."

Stephen Dobbins from Bangor had travelled with his nine-year-old daughter Emily.

"Emily is heartbroken," he said. "This was her first concert, she was looking forward to going with her mum Karen to see her favourite band."

Tara Clelland had planned to go to the evening concert.

She said: "I was taking my 10-year-old tonight - she is devastated."

Sarah Delaney said: "My four-year-old daughter had tickets today to see Little Mix as a Christmas present. We stayed over the night before as my son was seeing The Vamps. She is so upset but it's understandable if someone is sick. Just hope we are able to go when it's rescheduled."

Robert Daly travelled from Galway with his fiancée while her family flew in from Liverpool.

"Very disappointed," he said. "This was a Christmas gift!"

Emma Begley (33, left) and daughter Gracey (8) flew in from Wales just for the concert,

"It's devastating," Emma said.

"It was quite a scene at the Odyssey. I could only get two tickets which I had to get from Gumtree.

"It's supposed to be my daughter's first concert. She's crestfallen; her whole trip was for that concert."

She added: "We're hoping for a reschedule for tomorrow. There could be a chance.

"They're in Sheffield in Saturday and nowhere tomorrow so we're crossing our fingers."

Gracey, who spent yesterday afternoon in tears listening to Little Mix on her iPod, said: "I felt really sad. We were having our lunch and then we went to the queue they said Jesy was sick. It's really disappointing because we flew from Wales just to see them."

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