Kasabian singer Tom Meighan taken to hospital after Belfast gig cancelled
Kasabian singer Tom Meighan was taken to hospital after the band were forced to cancel their gig at Custom House Square in Belfast on Tuesday.
Fans were left disappointed when the English rockers cancelled the show minutes before they were due on stage.
On Wednesday, Kasabian released a statement saying they were "absolutely gutted" they were unable to perform.
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In a post on social media, they said: "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.
"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"
Re last night's Belfast show pic.twitter.com/JZFH1ipLhl— KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) August 23, 2017
The band were due to perform as part of a series of gigs at the city centre venue. However in a tweet, they blamed illness for pulling out at the last minute.
It is with great regret, due to illness, we cannot perform at Customs House Belfast tonight. Kasabian.— KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) August 22, 2017
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."
Ticket-holders, some of whom had been queuing through the day during wet weather to secure a decent spot for the performance, took to Twitter to share their frustration that the gig had been cancelled.
Why wait until 20:50 to tell the fans... we've been stood in the rain for nearly 3 hours! 😡— Vealey (@vealey722) August 22, 2017
I've flown from Leicester to see you guys. I'm not coming back for rearranged date! Cancelling 10 mins before tote set!— Dan Barker (@danbarker7) August 22, 2017
Meanwhile, Bangor singer Foy Vance has tried to lighten the mood by offering to perform if any more acts cancel their shows at Custom House Square.
The singer performed his largest ever gig at the venue on Saturday.
Writing on Twitter, he said: "Just heard Kasabian cancelled their Belfast gig tonight. If I was still in town...ding ding, round 2... Any more cancellations...holler!"
Just heard Kasabian cancelled their Belfast gig tonight. If I was still in town...ding ding, round 2...— Foy Vance (@foyvance) August 22, 2017
Any more cancellations...holler!
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