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Kasabian fans hit out at year-long wait for rescheduled Belfast gig

By Jonathan Bell

Kasabian fans have hit out at the year-long wait they face for the band's re-arranged Belfast concert.

The English rockers announced they are to play Belfast's Custom House Square gig on Monday, August 20, 2018 - just two days shy of a year after they were to play the original date.

Many fans vented their anger at the re-arranged date, especially given the band are to play Dublin in November as part of their 'For Crying Out Loud Tour' tour.

Call centre advisor Chris Gowdy had said he would definitely be at the re-scheduled show, until he learned of the date.

"Absolute disgrace," he told the Belfast Telegraph, "I'll be getting a refund."

"No idea where I'll be next year. When you see most concerts cancelled they try and reschedule for as soon as possible, a year later is a big difference."

The 26-year-old Bangor man said he had not changed his opinion on the band, but felt they and the management could have worked harder to get an earlier date.

Belfast man Matthew Casey said he got a refund and used the money to buy a ticket to see Robert Plant at the Ulster Hall.

"I think that is a real sad way to treat the fans that stood in the rain and waited for them. Let's be honest nobody knows what a whole year away holds for us or the band... It will be interesting to know what turnout they will have."

He added: "I love their new album and have seen them play twice, but not again."

With just moments to spare, the English band pulled-out of their sell-out Custom House Square gig last Tuesday. They blamed illness saying lead singer Tom Meighan was struck down with vomiting and had to go to hospital where he was put on a drip and told to "rest up".

Many fans spent hours in the pouring rain waiting for the show and criticised them for pulling out with just minutes to go. They returned to stage for their first headline set at the Reading and Leeds festival on Friday night.

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

Many fans vented their anger at the band on social media following the announcement of the rescheduled show on Monday.

David Neill, on Twitter said: "With a venue capacity of around 3,000 and an average UK mortality rate of 987 per 100,000.... three of us will statistically be dead by then."

Kasabian have been asked for a comment.

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