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Hong Kong: Mirror Concert Accident to Be Investigated

The Hong Kong authorities will examine why a big, heavy video display fell from the ceiling throughout a live performance by a well-liked boy band at a government-run venue, injuring two dancers, officers mentioned on Friday.

The accident occurred throughout a efficiency on Thursday evening by Mirror, a 12-member band within the Chinese territory whose reputation has grown throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

In footage from the live performance on the Hong Kong Coliseum, viewers members scream after the video display lands straight on one dancer, edge-down, apparently putting his neck. The South China Morning Post newspaper later reported that one of many two male dancers had suffered neck accidents and was in intensive care. It mentioned the opposite was in steady situation.

Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, Hong Kong’s secretary for tradition, sports activities and tourism, instructed reporters on Friday that one of many display’s suspension cables had damaged. Each of the screens for the venue’s four-sided projection system measures 5 meters by 3.9 meters, or 210 sq. toes, in accordance to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which manages the coliseum.

John Lee, Hong Kong’s chief govt, said in a statement early Friday that he had requested the leisure division and different businesses to examine the accident and “review the safety requirements of similar performance activities.”

“I am shocked by the incident,” Mr. Lee mentioned. “I express sympathy to those who were injured and hope that they would recover soon.”

The Hong Kong authorities said in a separate statement that the federal government had contacted the live performance organizers on Wednesday — the day earlier than the accident — about “stage incidents in the past few days.” It didn’t elaborate, and the leisure division couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

On Tuesday, a member of Mirror, Frankie Chan Sui-fai, fell off the stage on the Hong Kong Coliseum throughout the second day of the band’s scheduled 12-day sequence of live shows, The South China Morning Post reported. He fell a few meter and was not severely harm, in accordance to the report.

Makerville, the live performance organizer, apologized for the Thursday evening accident in an Instagram publish early Friday, including that Mirror’s remaining live shows on the venue could be canceled. The band’s administration didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Mirror, which attracts on Okay-pop as an affect, fashioned in 2018 by means of a actuality present designed to manufacture successful boy band. Its members sing in Cantonese, a Chinese dialect spoken extensively within the former British colony.

The band’s escapist lyrics have been a balm of types for an anxious inhabitants throughout a tumultuous interval of Hong Kong historical past.

In 2019, the town was consumed by months of mass protests triggered by a proposed legislation to enable extraditions to mainland China. Then got here a thicket of pandemic-related restrictions which have battered Hong Kong’s economic system, in addition to a sweeping nationwide safety legislation that has curtailed freedoms with breathtaking velocity.

Mirror’s reputation soared as Hong Kong struggled. The band bought out live performance halls, accounting for a few of the metropolis’s solely large-scale occasions throughout the pandemic. Its members’ faces have been plastered on billboards, buses and subway advertisements.

The coliseum the place Mirror was acting on Thursday opened in 1983, in accordance to the leisure division’s website. It seats about 12,500 folks, the positioning says, and meets native demand for a “world class indoor stadium.”

Zixu Wang contributed reporting.

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