Hong Kong Protests: Chvrches, Others Cancel Concerts as Civil Unrest Escalates

At least three concerts by overseas performers have been canceled in Hong Kong as protesters forced the city’s airport to suspend operations for a second day.

K-pop star Kang Daniel and Scottish band Chvrches both announced Tuesday that they are calling off upcoming events. American singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin canceled an upcoming concert late Monday.

Kang’s management office said the cancellation of a fan meeting scheduled for Sunday was because of safety concerns related to the protests, while Chvrches blamed “unforeseen circumstances.”

The airport protests are the latest escalation in a summer of demonstrations aimed at what many in Hong Kong see as an increasing erosion of their freedoms.

Chvrches’ Asia tour will visit Summer Sonic in Tokyo on August 18, and they were meant to move on to Hong Kong to perform their first solo concert there at AsiaWorld-Expo on Aug. 20. The Summer Sonic show will now be the final show on their Asia lap.

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