Fans reacted angrily after the Waterboys canceled a gig just as they were due to take the stage at a festival in Donegal on Sunday night.
About 1,400 fans, who had paid € 44 for a ticket, had traveled to see the band perform at the Fomhair Festival in Gaoth Dobhair.
However, after encountering technical difficulties, the Waterboys, led by Mike Scott, announced at 9:15 p.m. that they were stopping their show due to strong winds.
Tonight’s St Fomhair Festival show at Geeedore had to be canceled due to health and safety reasons and power issues. It wasn’t sure. We apologize to everyone who came to the show and is disappointed.
– Mike Scott (@MickPuck) October 31, 2021
According to a spectator, Scott took the stage and played the opening bars of Don’t hit the drum before announcing “This piano is out of tune” and adding that the power supply affected the start of the group’s instruments.
Fans were then left in the dark in the hall for 45 minutes before the promoter took the stage to apologize.
Scott then tweeted that they didn’t think it was safe to play the concert, saying, “Tonight’s show at the Fomhair Festival in Geeedore (sic) had to be canceled due to health and safety reasons and power supply problems, it was not sure.
“We apologize to everyone who came to the show and is disappointed.”
Angry and disappointed spectators reacted strongly to the cancellation and pointed out that local actor Clann Mhic Ruaraidh continued his gig before the Waterboys took to the stage.
Speaking on Live line On RTÉ Radio 1 Monday, a fan said: “It was very disappointing. I have been looking forward to this for weeks now. I had a lot of friends who were there last night, friends from all over the north. people have traveled from all over, I have also heard stories from people coming from the United States and London. “
“It was a wet and windy night, as you come to the west of Ireland, as Mike Scott and The Waterboys know, having spent time in Spiddal for many years and coming from Scotland.
“They know what the weather is like, but the weather was not a problem at all, no one was afraid of the weather. The sides of the lodge were open in places and the wind was blowing but there was absolutely no way to make anyone feel unsafe, that was no problem.
Speaking on Live line, Shane Barr, festival organizer in Gweedore, said that “on our side everyone was ready to go… I felt I had to deal with a situation created by the band”.
“We got the green light from our health and safety officers and the tent company and unfortunately the group refused to leave.”
Waterboys keyboardist Brother Paul said on Twitter that the group had very serious security concerns at the site.
Many fans on social media have also asked Scott for a full explanation as to why the band didn’t play the concert.
“The way the Waterboys treated their audience tonight was appalling. No one in the group addressed the crowd to explain anything,” said one spectator.
“Clann Mhic Ruaraidh has played before and there have been no safety issues. Lots of disappointed people who have traveled long distances to see them.”
“Gutted tonight. I traveled four hours to get there.” another tweeted.
Scottish writer Irvine Welsh was among those who defended the group’s decision to take the show off, tweeting “No artist would cancel a gig unless things were totally screwed up. This is what people live for. to do.”
Mike Scott said he was subjected to “online abuse” directed at him by people who “don’t have the facts” as a result of the cancellation.
To be honest, I think some of the abusers and complainers online are all too willing to blame bands / artists and project their fantasies of “arrogant pop stars” to us without considering that we are human beings who in this. cases, assumed responsibility for public safety. https://t.co/Y7eMzJpXqp
– Mike Scott (@MickPuck) November 1, 2021
“The band and tour management believed the concert was dangerous and would not endanger the band / team / audience,” he said.