US pop star Nicki Minaj has been forced to cancel her show in Dublin’s 3Arena tonight due to “severe weather conditions” on the Irish Sea.
A statement issued by concert promoters MCD says, “Unfortunately, due to adverse weather conditions which have affected Irish Sea sailings over the last 24hrs resulting in some equipment trucks not arriving, Nicki Minaj has been forced to cancel her concert tonight (Friday 15 March 2019) at Dublin’s 3Arena.
“Ticket holders are advised to hold onto their tickets while the artist, venue and promoters work to reschedule the date as soon as possible with a further update to follow at 6.30pm on www.mcd.ie
“Nicki Minaj apologises for any inconvenience caused to fans due to these unforeseen circumstances.”
This is the third last minute gig cancellation by Minaj in recent weeks. Earlier in March she was scheduled to perform in Bordeaux, France. However, after fans had already filed into the Arkea Arena, they were informed that the show had been cancelled.
The reason given for the cancellation was a lack of electricity, according to the 36-year-old performer, who told her Instagram followers, “You guys, it’s not in my best interest not perform and lose money and aggravate my fans.”
She added, “I love performing for my fans. I’m more excited than you are before the show. These two cities that had technical issues were cities that I had never been before and we tried to add them but they just didn’t have the power in the building to facilitate my show. And they didn’t tell us that until three hours before the show… We did sound check, they said it was fine.”
“But anyway, every artist has technical difficulties and has to cancel shows,” she added. “I wanna tell you guys that I love you dearly and I really hope to make it up very soon.”
Gig goers at the Bordeaux show were unimpressed and chanted, “Cardi B! Cardi B!” in reference to her feud with her fellow performer.
Minaj also cancelled her February 22 show in Bratislava, Slovakia, due also to lack of “electrical capabilities” to be able to stage her act in full.
Irish fans have been voicing their anger and disappointment at the news of the 3Arena cancellation.