Gigs canceled for the strangest of reasons

Halsey show canceled as fans are pelted with rain and water floods venue

Stars Insider

09/06/22 | StarsInsider

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When thousands of adoring fans have spent their hard-earned money on a ticket to see their favorite artist, it's pretty difficult to back out and cancel the show. That being said, sometimes it's simply unavoidable. Whether due to illness or some other force majeure, many famous musicians have had to let down their fans and call off live performances. While ticket holders can be disappointed and even angry, there's usually a justifiable reason for the cancelation. Usually, but not always... 

In the case of Halsey's recent gig in Maryland at the semi-open-air Merriweather Post Pavilion, the raging storm and torrential rain understandably put the show at risk. However, the venue continued to promise that “the show is still happening rain or shine." As such, thousands of attendees arrived for the concert. They were told to leave temporarily due to a 30-minute delay and then re-enter the venue. When they came back, there was another announcement informing them that the show had been canceled “due to weather-related technical difficulties."

Unbelievable videos posted by concert-goers showed rain pouring in through the roof and rivers of floodwater running over fans' legs. In one particularly upsetting video, a squirrel is seen jumping onto the stage to escape the water, and is violently kicked off the stage by a security guard. As the madness was unfolding, Halsey posted on Twitter to say “I’m heartbroken and panicked and I just want to know when/that you all get home safely. I love you guys more than anything.” They later called out the venue saying they were “beyond disappointed with the way the venue handled everything tonight.” They promised that the concert would be rescheduled and would definitely be taking place at a different location. 

Check out this gallery to learn about gigs that were canceled for very strange reasons.

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