Published Tuesday, 24 December 2013
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.
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