Ah-man! ‘80s Norwegian group A-ha cancels first Singapore concert due to COVID-19

The members of Norwegian Eighties icon A-ha announced today they have canceled what was to be their first concert in Singapore over coronavirus concerns.

Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket, and Pal Waaktaar-Savoy, currently on their Hunting High and Low tour, were scheduled to perform March 21 at the Singapore Turf Club in Kranji, but say they were forced to cancel “due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) proliferation concerns.”

“We have been looking forward to do our first show for our fans in Singapore, and we know fans from all over South-East Asia had made plans to travel to the show as well.

“It breaks our hearts to disappoint you, and we will do our best to make it back as soon as possible. Stay safe in the meantime,” the band wrote on their website today

The people behind the concert also apologized for the cancelation. In a separate statement issued today, Singapore Turf Club, Warner Music and Mode Productions said that concert ticket buyers will receive a full refund. 

Tickets to see the famed one-hit-wonders were S$148.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused and seek your understanding that the decision was made to ensure the safety and health of fans, artists, audience, and staff remain our top priority during this crucial period,” the statement read. Singapore has reported 96 COVID-19 infections as of Friday morning. 

A-ha, known for 1985 MTV anthem Take On Me, will go ahead with a show this weekend in Australia. 

Two of their March shows scheduled in Japan, where hundreds have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have already sold out. Japan is already seeing a slew of concert cancelations, including those by American R&B singer Ari Lennox.

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