One Direction fans in Belfast left DEVASTATED as band cancel gig
One Direction have cancelled a concert in Belfast after Liam Payne became ill, leaving thousands of people devastated.
A spokeswoman said the 22-year-old was not seriously unwell but that it had prompted the band to pull out of last night's gig at the SSE Arena in Belfast.
It is the first of three nights the boy band are due to play at the Northern Ireland venue during their On The Road Again tour.
The spokeswoman said: "The show has been cancelled as Liam has taken ill, and whilst not serious, he is unable to perform.
"Please hold on to your tickets. A further statement will be made in the morning.
"The band apologise to the fans and wish Liam better."
Liam's bandmates tweeted to fans disappointed at missing out on the show.
Harry Styles wrote last night: "Deepest apologies to everyone at the show tonight in Belfast. Very disappointed, but unfortunately these things happen. We're very sorry."
Louis Tomlinson added: "We're so so sorry for what happened, it was out of our control Lots of love to Liam and thank you for being so understanding."
The cancellation prompted despair and frustration from those waiting for the 1D boys to come on stage.
Niall Horan took to Twitter to apologise to fans for the cancellation.
So sorry we have had to cancel tonight guys. Unfortunately these things happen... Thank you to all who came down tonight !— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) October 20, 2015
Some concert-goers were left fairly upset at the news.
There has been no update from the camp regarding the remaining nights.
TV presenter Eamonn Holmes aired his dissatisfaction with the situation on Twitter, writing: "I don't care who was sick in #OneDirection Direction. Rest of them should have had the decency & maturity to appear on stage and explain."
After One Direction fans reacted to his tweets, he added: "For all of you who can't read , I didn't ask for #OneDirection to Sing , I asked for them to Apologise in person to fans who turned up."
He then replied to another tweet saying: "It's just a question of taking responsibility and being respectful. That's all."
Fan reactions on social media ranged from anger to get well wishes.
One fan questioned it all, asking: "Remember when Howard from Take That broke his ribs and the rest of them went on without him?! Take note #onedirectionbelfast".
Another wrote: "Not to be selfish but I flew home from uni for this, so kinda hoping for the best tomorrow.. #onedirectionbelfast #GetWellSoonLiam".
Referring to the scores of heartbroken teens, one fan commented: "I've never heard so many hearts break at one time #onedirectionBelfast."