Axwell ^ Ingrosso Cancel Major Show Following Terrorism Attack
It has been a solemn day in the world, but in the music industry as well. Artists of all genres today reacted to the news of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack on social media—dance music personalities, Zedd, deadmau5, Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, and others reiterated their astonishment and horror with respect to the tragedy, industry fixtures across genres cognizant that the targeted show could very well have been one of their own, the omnipresent threat of terrorism now hovering even more heavily over the music industry.
“Renegade” producers, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, were among the musicians to respond to the terrorist incident, cancelling their upcoming performance at the UEFA Europa League final opening ceremony slated for tomorrow, May 24th. The news materialized in the form of a Facebook post on the duo’s artist page informing fans that it “doesn’t feel right” for them to continue with the show. “We were very much looking forward to this but the occasion doesn’t feel right for us,” the pair writes.
Axwell ^ Ingrosso’s cancellation is likely not simply in honor of yesterday’s act of violence, but a preventative measure to avoid a similar event given the proximity of the suicide bombing. The U.S. is expected to begin amplifying police presence at music festivals and concerts, the events now identified as prime targets for their ability to attract the masses. Recent news has yielded the call for more police officers to be stationed on the Las Vegas strip as a newly released ISIS propaganda video calls for “lone wolf” led attacks on Vegas, with certain areas on the strip specifically displayed as the camera pans. This is the second time that Las Vegas has been referenced in an ISIS engineered video, the previous instance marked in 2016. Vegas’s mention has led many to grow concerned over threats to the security of attendees at EDC Las Vegas, set to take place from June 16th-18th.