It was a very disappointing and damp night for Ed Sheeran fans last night, who were sent home after organisers announced the singer's show was cancelled due to severe weather and lightning conditions.
Concertgoers who watched the first show complained about the poorly organised exit arrangement and unclear signage, but that was the least of fans' worries as they arrived at the concert venue yesterday and were handed free ponchos to protect them from the rain. After several announcements that the show would be delayed due to lightning, the concert was finally announced cancelled around 9.15pm.
For some, their dreams to see Sheeran perform live in Hong Kong had been shattered a second time. Last year, the artist had to cancel his show due to an arm injury.
The artist himself apologised to fans on his Instagram story and promised their tickets would be refunded. An announcement on the HK Ticketing website said that “[full] refunds will be automatically deposited to the same credit card account used for ticket purchase within 45 working days.”
Many local Sheerios took to social media to share their anger and disappointment at how the situation was handled, especially those who had arrived in the afternoon and waited in the rain for several hours. Here's what a few of them had to say:
So i was in ed’s divide tour hk leg day 2, and it got cancelled but it’s alright cus we know Ed won’t even cancel if he can do it.Got one show cancelled and Ed is already sad.True idol and an angel#stan #EdSheeran #dividetour #poororganiser pic.twitter.com/rFEdbcM6To— angus (@ho_rtd) April 19, 2019
#EdSheeran— Baoyee.L (@BaoBeeYee) April 19, 2019
Despite the fact that i hv already bought the ticket for his concert for two years in a row n expecting to meet him for years. Both of the shows had been cancelled. I hv been a fan of him for years. #HongKong If this post get 10000 retweet, can i meet ed? pic.twitter.com/RQ6YEkacjS
They should feel lucky that no one struck by lightning last night!People said it's our choices to stay,we should not complain.BUT the organizer actually made announcement like "please wait a little bit longer and we'll start the show as soon as possible." #EdSheeran #エドシーラン— к а 霖 -avenge the fallen- (@___karenwu) April 19, 2019