Hong Kong boy band Mirror have pulled out of Japan’s Summer Sonic festival, organizers have confirmed, as investigations continue into last week’s horrific incident which left two dancers seriously injured on stage during a live concert in their hometown.
Summer Sonic announced on Friday that the 12-piece band had canceled the festival’s Tokyo Pacific Stage performance, originally scheduled for August 20, “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
“We sincerely apologize to all of you and hope to have the opportunity to participate again,” a Mirror comment quoted in Summer Sonic’s statement.
The news follows a tragic incident on July 28, when a giant LED screen suspended above the stage fell and struck 27-year-old dancer “Mo” Lee Kai-yin in the head during the concert. Mirror at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Another dancer, Chang Tsz-fung, 29, was also seriously injured trying to pull the heavy screen away from Lee.
The concert, which was the fourth in a series of 12 concerts, was immediately suspended and both dancers were rushed to hospital. Lee still remains in the hospital in critical condition, while Chang has been transferred to another facility to recover from his injuries.
The remaining eight shows in the concert series hosted by PCCW’s Music Nation and MakerVille have been canceled.
Meanwhile, local authorities on Friday revealed the preliminary findings of the investigation into the stage incident, which was the most serious since the government-run Hong Kong Coliseum opened in 1983 and has emerged as the Mecca of canto-pop.
Deputy director of the Hong Kong Recreation and Cultural Services Department, Lee Tsz-chun, who leads the government task force, said metal fatigue of one of the hanging cords was “very likely to be the cause” of the cable break, but more testing and further investigation is needed before a definitive conclusion can be reached. Production companies involved in the gig released statements trying to distance themselves from the incident.
The members of Mirror remained silent for days, sparking a rumor that the group might be disbanding. But in recent days, the musicians have appeared one after another on social media to assure fans that they will stick together and pray for the injured dancers on stage, as well as another dancer, Zisac, injured during a repetition.
Among them, Anson Lo (“Ossan’s Love (Hong Kong)”), who was on stage with Lee and Chang during the screen fall and is a longtime friend of Lee’s, issued an apology on Friday for his silence. radio and thanked the fans. for their continued support. He said he was trying to calm down and process what had happened, while praying for the injured dancers’ recovery and hoping for a miracle to happen. Lo also assured fans that he would be making a comeback.
The group’s manager, Ahfa Wong, a veteran television and concert producer – who stepped in on the third night to take over the Mirror show after a series of mishaps this week – also posted on her social media for the first time since the incident. She declared her support for the injured dancers, saying she and the band continue to persevere, quoting the lyrics from one of the band’s songs, “One and All.”
The concert at Summer Sonic would have been Mirror’s first overseas venture outside of Hong Kong since its inception in 2018 following PCCW’s ViuTV reality show “King Maker.”
Mirror has become a superstar following the 2019 Hong Kong protests and during the COVID pandemic, gaining a large following locally and abroad among a growing Hong Kong diaspora.
Their popularity has often been seen as a revival of the Canto-pop genre, which enjoyed its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s during the height of Hong Kong’s entertainment industry, but then declined from the mid-2000s. Their “MIRROR.WEARE” concert series at the Coliseum marked the band’s debut at the city’s pop culture landmark.