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Billie Eilish Pauses Show In London After Fans Suffer Due Heat


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Per Deadline:

Billie Eilish was forced to put her concert on pause on Saturday evening after fans got into difficulties at London’s O2 arena.

Hot temperatures inside the auditorium meant some fans risked becoming squashed and overwhelmed, something the American singer spotted and halted her music.

The BBC reports that Eilish was concerned about the fans at the front of the stage and asked them, “Are you all ok? People were fainting and getting pulled out. It’s hot, I know.

“Take a step back, give everybody some space. If someone looks a little woozy, just tell someone. Don’t try to save feelings.”

Fans were seen looking after each other and Eilish was able to resume her concert after a few minutes.

The singer previously stopped a show in Atlanta after noticing a spectator was having breathing difficulties, and put out a call for an inhaler.

The 20-year-old Oscar-winning star will be headlining this year’s Glastonbury Festival later this month, making her the youngest solo headliner in the event’s history.

Crowd safety has been the subject of increased scrutiny following the tragedy at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival last year, when 10 spectators were killed during a crush at the concert in Houston. An inquiry into the circumstances of the disaster is ongoing.

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End of Spring & Summer in Europe are getting more and more horrible: 

- houses are made to retain the heat; a lot of buildings are old and very close to each other; cities have a strong tendency to retain the heat

- humidity: Texas/NY levels at the very least, even more for London

- no A/C: in France, 5% of households have the AC. In South of France, since mid-May, temperatures have been in the 90s. Next week they'll reach the low 100s. With humidity, the real-felt temperature will be much higher. The Mediterranean coast is dealing with tropical nights. 

I've been in the US for Summer in Vegas and dry heat + A/C makes it so much easier. Texas was sticky but once again most places have the A/C. Been to Paris during Summer and took the subway (without A/C of course) and almost fainted. Most restaurants are not inside but outside (terraces) so you're just out there dealing with that 100F+. The only places likely to have it is supermarkets.

This year in France is particularly sweltering: it's been two consecutive months since temperature are well above average, hitting peak Summer temperatures for half of the Spring. Let's hope that there's not going to be another 2003 scenario (thousands of deaths due to the heat).

 

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