MERS concerns seeps into concert industry, sparks cancellations

June 5, 2015
Lee Moon-se (Yonhap)

Lee Moon-se (Yonhap)

Concerns over the MERS outbreak in South Korea, which has killed four and seen more than a thousand quarantined, has triggered indefinite postponements for concerts, Yonhap reported.

Among the acts that have canceled concerts include Jeon In-kwon band, Lee Moon-se and Kim Jang-hoon.

Jeon’s band had planned to perform at Jeju Art Center Saturday as a part of its domestic tour that began in March. Kim was slated to be on stage Sunday in a solo concert.

Lee, who was expected to perform at the Seongnam Arts Center Opera Hourse, canceled his concert four hours before it began Friday, citing concerns over the increasing severity of the outbreak.

Black Music Stage Concert, a hip-hop offering curated by Yoo Hee-yeol, was also put on indefinite hold.

More than 1,000 schools have been shut down this week due to fears of the virus spreading.

MERS, a respiratory virus, has been confirmed in 41 people as of Friday.