Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Britney fans want refund for B.C. show


VANCOUVER (CNS) — Disgruntle­d Britney Spears fans have set up a website for anyone who attended her April 8 concert at GM Place in Vancouver and wants a refund.

The show was in full swing when Spears stopped it, walking off the stage with her dancers without warning. Her stunned fans waited in confusion and darkness until an announceme­nt eventually revealed that the stage had become “too smoky” for the performers. The announcer stated it was unsafe for Spears to continue, and the show would not go on until the smoke had cleared.

Some fans left, assuming after a lengthy wait that Spears wasn’t coming back. After half an hour, the singer finally reappeared and resumed where she’d left off.

Angry fans, many of whom paid huge sums for their tickets and incurred travel expenses to get there, say most of the smoke and fog came from the smoke and fog machines on stage, not from fans.

Many point out that Spears is allegedly a smoker herself, and that poor ventilatio­n — the official explanatio­n offered on the singer’s website post-concert — was neither an adequate reason to stop, nor was it likely, given the relative newness of the venue.

“In exchange for fans’ commitment in supporting Britney’s comeback, supporters did not receive the value for their investment,” said a news release.

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