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'I'm still alive,' Kasabian's Tom Meighan says on return to stage after illness

Band to announce rescheduled plans for show next week




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Fans in the pouring rain at the cancelled Belfast gig.

Fans in the pouring rain at the cancelled Belfast gig.

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Rockers Kasabian are to announce details of their rescheduled Belfast concert next week.

Management have told the Belfast Telegraph they are working on ironing out the final details of the rearranged show and will be in a position to confirm in the coming days.

It comes after the Leicester outfit pulled out of their Belfast Custom House Square gig on Tuesday. Lead singer Tom Meighan was taken to hospital after a bout of vomiting. The band were heavily criticised by their fans for cancelling the show just moments before they were to take to the stage to a sell-out audience.

On Friday they announced a 12 new dates for their tour later this year, with no mention of a Belfast show. And that night the band returned to the stage in their first of two headline slots at the Reading and Leeds Festival.

"You know what, I'm still alive," Meighan told the audience on his return to the stage.

Matthew Casey, who was gutted to miss out on the show, said he was in two minds to go to the rescheduled show or take a refund.

"They would have to make a big effort and promise an excellent gig," he said.

Chris Gowdy was at the Custom House Square gates before they opened to secure a front row place.

He said he was not sure if he would have the same enthusiasm for the rescheduled show, "but I'll go for sure."

"It wasn't right that they cancelled so late on," he added.

Following the Belfast cancellation, the band posted an apology on their Twitter page.

"We were all at Custom House Square, ready to go on stage when Tom suddenly went down with severe vomiting and could hardly stand up let alone sing. He was taken to hospital, put on a drip and told to rest up," they said in a follow-up statement.

"We had no option but to cancel and we're sorry to our fans and anyone that travelled a long way. Thanks so much for all your messages of support. Details on the rescheduled date to follow soon xx."

Belfast concert goers were advised to retain their tickets until details for a rescheduled show could be worked out.

In a statement, show organisers said: "We are working on scheduling a new date for Belfast. We will communicate with all ticket buyers via Ticketmaster and on the Custom House Square social media. Tickets remain valid for the new date. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

On Friday the band's management told the Belfast Telegraph details will be released next week.




Belfast Telegraph