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A series of concerts by Hong Kong boy band Mirror have been canceled after a serious accident on Thursday night that left two artists injured after being hit by a giant LED video screen falling from the ceiling.
The shocking incident (below) was caught on video, and the footage has gone viral.
The two injured performers were dancers from the 12-piece boy band Mirror who were taking part in a concert series called “MIRROR.WEARE” at the Coliseum, a frequent concert venue that has become known as the city’s mecca of canto-pop industry. The concert series, which began July 25, was scheduled to run for a total of 12 shows through August 5. It marked the debut of the canto-pop singing sensation at the Coliseum.
The accident happened during a group performance when a giant LED video screen hanging above the stage fell, hitting two dancers who were standing directly below. They were thrown to the ground and appeared to be unconscious while the rest of the crew was stunned. The two actors were taken to the hospital. One reportedly suffered a head injury but was in stable condition; the other sustained a neck injury and is reportedly in serious condition.
#BREAK: A horrific accident happened when a Hong Kong singing-dancing boy band held their first concert, injuring at least two dancers. Both are said to have been conscious when they were taken to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/y3c7MVyUmn
— Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) July 28, 2022
The concert was immediately canceled and the audience was told to leave the venue, but were told they could keep their tickets until further notice. Many who witnessed the accident live at the concert or saw the video circulating on social media reported that they were emotionally affected by the incident.
“I’ve never felt so terrible going to a concert. Leaving the Colosseum felt like leaving a funeral home. It was gloomy, nobody was talking,” said an onlooker who witnessed the incident diversity. “Some other girls in the audience cried. Another friend who is a mother wondered why such a horrific, unacceptable incident could happen in Hong Kong at the Coliseum.”
The accident has sparked a public outcry, with fans and industry insiders condemning the concert organizers for not allowing enough time for an on-site review and rehearsal, and for disregarding the safety of the performers.
The Hong Kong government has suspended further concerts at the venue until stage design and mechanical structures are proven safe.
Concert promoters Music Nation and MakerVille, both subsidiaries of Hong Kong telecommunications giant PCCW, then announced at 2 a.m. local time on Friday morning that the remaining eight shows in the concert series had been cancelled. They said in a statement that they regret the accident and expressed concern for the two performers who were injured, saying they would support the victims. The companies also pledged to investigate the cause of the incident.
Formed in 2018, Mirror consists of 12 male singers who emerged from ‘King Maker,’ a reality TV show directed by PCCW’s ViuTV. The group rose to superstardom in Hong Kong during the COVID pandemic. Some of the band members including Keung To, Anson Lo and Edan Lui have become some of the city’s fastest rising stars in music, television and film, and the band have also become advertiser favorites due to their huge fan base.
However, there has been constant criticism of the organization of the concert series since it started.
Just before the start of the show series, a dancer was injured during rehearsal. On the second night, Mirror member Frankie Chan fell off the stage during the performance. Many spectators who attended the first two performances questioned the safety measures on the stage.
It was then revealed that the performers only had two days to rehearse before the concert series began. Industry heavyweight Aaron Kwok, an actor and canto-pop star best known for his dance performances on stage, said two days is not enough to prepare for a concert. Kwok said he needs at least three to four days to rehearse at the venue and before that he practiced at a different location with a mock stage.
The security dispute has rumbled throughout the week, with more than 13,000 signing a petition on Change.org demanding that the concert organizers dismantle the unsafe mechanical stage structures and ensure a safe stage for the artists to sing and dance.
“It’s very wrong [that] the audience even before this accident [was pleading] with the organizers to put safety at the top of the list and [requesting that they] cancel some stage arrangements so the boys can perform on safer ground,” said Mirror fan Shirley Chan, who bought two tickets to a weekend show.
Concerned fans questioned whether two of the production companies, Hip Hing Loong Stage Engineering Company Ltd and Art Design & Production Ltd, should be held responsible for the serious accident. But an entertainment industry insider familiar with the concert production told the tale diversity that these companies use local industry veterans, and the accident was rare. They suggest the problem is a lack of crucial rehearsal time, which may have exposed the technical flaws.
“The organizers didn’t give the crew and cast enough time to set up and rehearse,” said the insider, who asked not to be named. “Any problems on stage are discovered and solved during rehearsal. But it seems that not enough time was given for this.”