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Little Mix back in Belfast just weeks after cancelled gigs

By Cate McCurry

Little Mix return to Belfast tonight just weeks after the band cancelled two concerts at the last minute.

The four-piece band left thousands of young fans devastated as they queued around the SSE Arena waiting for the first of two shows on March 31.

Both those performances have since been rescheduled for Saturday, July 2. The girlband performed at Dublin's 3Arena last night as part of their Get Weird tour.

There were tears at the end of last month after fans in Belfast were told that one of the girlband's singers, Jesy Nelson, was too ill to perform. The young ticket holders weren't told that the matinee concert had been called off until 1.25pm, when security guards came outside holding signs. The doors had been due to open at 1pm.

Aiken PR, which was handling promotion for the concerts, hastily issued a statement explaining: "Jesy is unwell and unable to sing, and as a result both the matinee and evening shows are cancelled". The band apologised and ticket holders were urged to hold on to them "and await further news".

But parents of teenagers and younger children spoke of their anger that the concert was cancelled at the last minute.

Many had spent a small fortune on travel and accommodation that could not be refunded.

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

In the aftermath, Jesy was targeted by online trolls telling her to "die" and "kill herself", as well as making offensive comments about her weight.

The comments resulted in a horrified reaction from other Little Mix fans.

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