Musican cancels gig due to security fears

Published Tuesday, 24 December 2013
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Rock musician Julian Cope has pulled out of performing at a Belfast arts festival over fears for his safety following a recent dissident republican terrorist bomb attack.

Musican cancels gig due to security fears
Police at the scene of the explosion in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter. (© Pacemaker)

The former Teardrop Explodes member was due to take part in the Out to Lunch festival next month in the popular Black Box venue, located in the Cathedral Quarter, however, the festival organisers have issued a statement confirming his departure from the line-up.

"We are hugely sorry to have to announce that Julian Cope has cancelled his Belfast appearance on January 16," it read.

The message, which was posted on the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival website, added that a statement had been received from Mr Cope which read: "It is with regret that I feel obliged to cancel my forthcoming Belfast show of January 16th due to the current security situation there and the logistics involved. I'm very sorry about this."

Almost a fortnight ago, there was a small explosion in the St Anne's Square area of the Cathedral Quarter.

A bomb in a holdall was abandoned near packed out restaurants on Friday, 13 December in the Exchange Street West area.

Around 1,000 people were evacuated from restaurants and other premises, including a hotel, The MAC theatre complex, St Anne's Cathedral, and apartments on one of the busiest nights in the run-up to Christmas.

No-one was injured when the bomb partially exploded, but police say passers-by could have been killed or injured.

All concert ticket holders will be refunded.

© UTV News
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43 Comments
anne in belfast wrote (93 days ago):
Seriously??? A bit of a feeble excuse. i always get very protective of our wee country when people who aint from here use that as an excuse. more people are killed in america on a daily basis!!! Anyway who is he?
Colleen in Belfast wrote (113 days ago):
If Julian wants to cancel then he should. It is his perogative/choice and no one can tell him any different
Pascal in Belfast wrote (113 days ago):
Usually parts of the reason are left out of news items like this. But if it really just has anything to do with a bit of fireworks that has been set off, then he shouldn't be performing anywhere in the world.
ian in magherafelt wrote (113 days ago):
well done Julian. you have played into the dissidents hands. Just as well you're not famous or you would have disappointed a lot of good decent people.
Patrick Kelly in Strabane wrote (113 days ago):
I think Julian Cope's excuse is a poor one people in NI have never lay down to these attacks and neither has bigger bands or singers .
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