A number of pop stars are cancelling or postponing scheduled shows out of respect for the victims of the terrorist attack that took place during Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert on Monday.
A suspected suicide bomber killed 22 people including several children.
These are the acts that have confirmed cancellations of shows so far:
Take that have postponed both their Liverpool and Manchester dates this week.
According to Music Week, the band postponed their scheduled show at Liverpool’s Echo Arena tonight as part of their UK arena tour, which is also taking them to Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Swansea, and Norwich in the coming weeks.
A statement from the band said: “Out of respect to all of the people and their families that were affected by the horrific incident last night at The Manchester Arena, we have decided to postpone our show tonight in Liverpool. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson added: “We have been liaising with Take That and their promoter and they understandably wish to postpone tonight’s concert at Echo Arena Liverpool. We completely respect their decision which serves as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives and the people of Manchester.”
Manchester Arena also confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the band’s shows on May 25, 26, and 27 at the place where the attacks took place have also been postponed with “further details to be released as soon as possible.”
Ticketholders are expected to receive further information as soon as it is available.
Meanwhile, tonight’s Blondie gig at Hackney Round Chapel in London, the first to be put on by Amazon Prime, has been cancelled.
Amazon’s Prime Live Events account tweeted: “Out of respect for the victims of the terrible attack in Manchester last night, tonight’s Prime Live Event with Blondie will not go ahead.”
“We are working together with Blondie to reschedule the event, and we will communicate details to customers as soon as possible,” the statement went on.”
Ariana Grande has reportedly suspended her world tour, tweeting that she was “broken” following the attack.
TMZ reported that she will be suspending her European tour for the time being — she was scheduled to perform in London on Thursday, as well as in Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.
A statement sent to Business Insider from the O2 read: “We are shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their families. We are in contact with the promoters of Ariana Grande’s tour and will update as soon as we have further information regarding the planned dates at The O2.”
They added that should the shows go ahead, “anyone visiting The O2 should allow extra time for enhanced security checks.”
However, on Tuesday afternoon AP reported that the tour is still on.
“Ariana Grande’s tour has not been cancelled or postponed despite reports online, a person close to the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, said,” the report stated.
“The person said that Grande and her team are more focused on the victims at the moment, not the tour.”
The Radio Festival
The Radio Festival, set to take place today at The British Library, has been re-scheduled for later this year, according to Music Week.
Roger Cutsforth, chief executive of Radio Academy and organisers of the Radio Festival said: “We have taken the difficult decision to postpone today’s festival following the very tragic events which took place last night in Manchester. Firstly, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of last night’s tragedy, and due to the sheer number of people from the industry who have been called back to their desks to report on the incident, and the many attendees attempting to travel, we have decided to re-schedule the event for later this year.”
‘A refund will be processed immediately’
Katie White, a PR manager at Ticketmaster, told Business Insider that “nothing official has been confirmed” for any act other than Take That.
She said that normal protocol for postponed gigs involves offering the customer tickets for the new date or a refund.
“If a gig is cancelled for whatever reason, a refund would just be processed immediately,” she said.
“We proactively contact all customers if anything changes on their events. If it’s appropriate, then they will receive a refund.”
Other shows going ahead
Meanwhile, other shows due to take place in Manchester tonight, including Simple Minds at The Bridgewater Hall, are going ahead with the likelihood of heightened security, according to Music Week.
Iron Maiden also plan to proceed with tonight’s show in Cardiff and London’s gig at the O2 arena, according to a tweet.
It remains unknown whether the Broken Social Scene, Homeshake, or Priests shows, due to take place at The Albert Hall, Gorilla, and Gullivers, respectively — will take place.
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