So­cial me­dia flooded with pleas for safety to avoid Manch­ester tragedy

New Straits Times - - World -


FANS of Justin Bieber pleaded on Tues­day for his up­com­ing Bri­tish tour dates to be can­celled, un­der­scor­ing the po­ten­tial reper­cus­sions to mu­sic acts with a young fan base from the sui­cide bomb­ing at an Ari­ana Grande con­cert in Manch­ester.

Cana­dian heart­throb Bieber, 23, is due to play an open-air con­cert at Lon­don’s Hyde Park in July. But fans flooded so­cial me­dia say­ing his ap­pear­ance should be axed for the safety both of fans and the singer him­self.

“Can­cel Justin’s con­cert in the UK, please! We want him to be safe, please,” a per­son us­ing the han­dle @marhrukhh wrote on the In­sta­gram ac­count of Bieber’s man­ager, Scooter Braun.

Leanne Mur­ray, 20, who lives in Ire­land, has tick­ets to see Bieber play in Dublin next month. But she said she was con­tem­plat­ing sell­ing them af­ter Mon­day’s bomb­ing.

“I just don’t want what I would hope to be a great night to end in some­thing like last night,” Mur­ray, who paid €180 (RM864) each for two tick­ets.

“It’s fright­en­ing to think that it could have been any of us and it re­ally shows that you never know what’s around the cor­ner,” Mur­ray added.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Bieber did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to Reuters on the sta­tus of his up­com­ing per­for­mances.

Tour­ing has been one of the top sources of in­come for mu­si­cians in re­cent years. The top 10 world­wide tour acts grossed a com­bined US$1.67 bil­lion (RM7.17 bil­lion) last year, ac­cord­ing to mu­sic in­dus­try pub­li­ca­tion Poll­star, with Bruce Spring­steen bring­ing in US$268.3 mil­lion alone.

Pop acts like Tay­lor Swift, Bieber, One Di­rec­tion and Grande are also top earn­ers.

Grande grossed more than US$25 mil­lion from tour­ing be­tween April 2016-April 2017, ac­cord­ing to Poll­star fig­ures, while Bieber grossed US$163 mil­lion last year.

Joe Reinartz, news edi­tor at Poll­star, said that al­though se­cu­rity was al­ready strong at mu­sic venues and would no doubt be stepped up, par­ents would likely be more cau­tious. Reuters

Cana­dian heart­throb Bieber is due to per­form at an open-air con­cert in Lon­don’s Hyde Park in July.

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