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Little Mix back in Belfast just weeks after cancelled gigs

By Cate McCurry

Published 19/04/2016

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.
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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
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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
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Little Mix cancelled gigs because Jesy Nelson was ill

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.

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

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