Gig cancellations happen all the time, but leaving it until the last minute to announce that a band will not be performing is pretty bad form.
Of course, it may have been the case that one of Kasabian was genuinely ill and waiting to see if they were well enough to take the stage in Belfast last night - but with thousands having travelled to the Boucher Road Playing Fields to see the Leicester band on a rainy night, a tweet at 8:48pm - just over 10 mins before their stage time and after support band Blossoms had already played - is not really acceptable.
Many fans were understandably upset at being notified so late:
It is with great regret, due to illness, we cannot perform at Customs House Belfast tonight. Kasabian.
— KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) August 22, 2017
Nooo! A friend of mine has been queuing all day, and flew over from England!
— Tom Wells (@TomWellsDFWYA) August 22, 2017
Dave Grohl played with a broken leg.....just sayin
— Gareth Palframan (@GarethPalframan) August 22, 2017
Why wait until 20:50 to tell the fans... we've been stood in the rain for nearly 3 hours! ðŸ˜¡
— Vealey (@vealey722) August 22, 2017
From Belfast with love pic.twitter.com/Ebgool4Zpm
— DEAD STAR (@AfterMathou) August 22, 2017
Illness ??? @oasis done a gig on crystal meth !!!
— jason hayden (@jase_red1) August 22, 2017
Fucking joke lads. Blossoms plays a full set and said enjoy your set...
— David McKeegan (@davidz645) August 22, 2017
Clearly not that buzzing for the gig tonight!! Fans standing in the pissing rain waiting to see you's!! Bad craic lads ðŸ˜¡
— Kathryn McKeown (@FabSomething) August 22, 2017
We came here from Sweden. Are you paying flights and hotels for this piss poor insult of an excuse? ðŸ™„
— Jesper Kihlberg (@Kihlberg90) August 22, 2017
I've flown from Leicester to see you guys. I'm not coming back for rearranged date! Cancelling 10 mins before tote set!
— Dan Barker (@danbarker7) August 22, 2017
@KasabianHQ grow a set of balls and the band members come out and cancel a gig. You've lost a LOT of Irish fans tonight.
— Matthew Casey (@mtbmatt89) August 22, 2017
Waiting until 8:50 to tell people is ridiculous. Been stood in the rain for hours.
— Mairtin Bradley (@Mairtinbradley) August 22, 2017
How do u get a last minute illness ðŸ˜¡
— Foxerella ðŸ¦Š (@foxyloxyroxy) August 22, 2017
A fuckin joke! You well knew ten mins before the event
— Damien Green (@GreenDamien) August 22, 2017
The timing of the statement is as shite as your last two albums
— Andy Buzz (@ajbuzz1970) August 23, 2017