Concert-goers disappointed as singer pulls the plug on sell-out shows

Arena Birmingham

Concert-goers in Birmingham have been left disappointed after one of the world’s best-selling singers pulled the plug on her appearance in the city.

Lady Gaga had been due to perform two shows next month – October 12 (Genting Arena) and 15 (Arena Birmingham – which was still known as the Barclaycard Arena when the show was announced).

The October 12 show had been added as an extra date due to strong demand for tickets.

However, the NEC Group, which operates both venues, said the shows had had to be cancelled after the concert promoter, Live Nation confirmed the singer was having to postpone the European leg of her Joanne World Tour due to ill health.

The hope is that the shows can be re-scheduled for early next year.

The six-week European leg of the tour was scheduled to begin on Thursday (September 21) in Barcelona and conclude on October 28 in Koln.

The statement issued by Live Nation said: “Lady Gaga is suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform. She remains under the care of expert medical professionals who recommended the postponement earlier today.

“Lady Gaga is devastated that she has to wait to perform for her European fans. She plans to spend the next seven weeks proactively working with her doctors to heal from this and past traumas that still affect her daily life, and result in severe physical pain in her body. She wants to give her fans the best version of the show she built for them when the tour resumes.”

It said that as the tour was being re-scheduled then those who had purchased tickets for original shows should hold onto them, pending the announcement of revised dates.

“Live Nation and Lady Gaga apologise sincerely for the inconvenience,” it added.