Volbeat was scheduled to play a show in Belfast on October 3, and they did! Sort of. The band got partially through the opening song "Pelvis On Fire" twice before apologizing to the crowd and walking off stage. Volbeat did not return and the show was ultimately cancelled.
Volbeat blames the sudden cancellation on both technical issues and vocalist Michael Poulsen suffering from throat issues. This is at least in line with the band cancelling their Bristol gig recently, citing illness within the band. They've since released a statement on the cancellation.
We in Volbeat want to extend our most heartfelt apologies for having to cancel tonight’s show in Belfast. As many of you know, Michael has been having some throat issues and we ran into multiple technical issues on stage that prevented the band from being able to hear each other play. While he has mostly recovered his voice at this point, it was decided that had he continued to play the show this way he would have risked blowing out his voice again and having to cancel even more shows. We’re gutted that we weren’t able to perform for you tonight, but we will be back to reschedule the show as soon as we possibly can.
Watch a few accounts of what happened below, courtesy of The Festivals.
— jk_captaincook (@jk_captaincook) October 3, 2019
— Dave Newman (@davenewmandave) October 3, 2019