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Julian Cope cancels show in Belfast due to ‘security situation’

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A musician has cancelled his appearance at the Black Box Out to Lunch series next month as a result of the “current security situation” in Belfast.

Julian Cope was due to play a gig on January 16 but contacted organisers to say he felt obliged to cancel the show.

It read: “It is with regret that I feel obliged to cancel my forthcoming Belfast show of January 16th due to the current security situation there and the logistics involved.

“I’m very sorry about this.”

Organisers said all ticket holders will be refunded directly onto credit cards or from Visit Belfast if purchased by cash.

The ninth annual Out to Lunch festival runs from January 2-26.

There have been a number of bomb alerts in the city in recent weeks, as well as three explosions.

A car bomb exploded at Victoria Square in late November and a bomb went off in the Cathedral Quarter on December 13. Three days later a firebomb detonated prematurely resulting in the suspected bomber running from the shop in Cornmarket in flames.

Security was stepped up in the city following the Victoria Square attack, with vehicle checkpoints re-introduced to the streets.

 

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