Ian Brown show evacuated in Newcastle

Show stopped five songs in

Ian Brown’s show in Newcastle was pulled last night after reported problems with the floor in the venue.

The singer was playing at the new Newcastle Carling Academy last night (November 21). Fans say that five songs into the set Brown was told by security guards that the show had to be halted.

A statement from the venue, issued to NME.COM, reads: “Ian Brown‘s sell-out concert at Carling Academy Newcastle was halted at 9.45pm, five songs into his set, following alleged reports to venue management of a dip in the main auditorium’s sprung dance-floor, some six feet away from the front of the stage.

“The health and safety of customers, performers and crew is paramount, therefore the decision was agreed between Carling Academy Newcastle and Ian Brown’s production crew that the building be evacuated for immediate assessment.

“The show was stopped on the basis of safety and at no time was there any potential danger to the public. This procedure was carried out quickly and effectively under the guidance of the Academy‘s security personnel. No-one was injured during the process and passed without further incident. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank all members of the audience for their full co-operation.”

It is currently unclear as to whether the show will be rescheduled. However, customers are advised to retain their tickets.

The tour is due to continue at:

Birmingham Carling Academy (November 22-23)

Cardiff University (25)

London Brixton Carling Academy (26-27)

Poole Lighthouse (29)

Portsmouth Guildhall (30)

Norwich UEA (December 1)

Manchester MEN Arena (3)

London Brixton Carling Academy (5)

Belfast Ulster Hall (9)

Meanwhile Newcastle Academy is currently undergoing inspection to ascertain whether The Bravery‘s show tonight (November 22) can go ahead. Stay tuned to NME.COM for the latest news.

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