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Celine Dion cancels Lebanon concert: singer won't appear at Beirut's Byblos International Festival

The Canadian artist has pulled out due to 'the current situation in Lebanon'

Celine Dion was due to perform in Beirut this summer, but has cancelled. AFP
Celine Dion was due to perform in Beirut this summer, but has cancelled. AFP

Her heart will go on ... but the show will not. In Lebanon at least. Celine Dion has cancelled her Beirut concert, which was originally scheduled for July this year.

The Think Twice singer was due to appear at the 2020 Byblos International Festival, but earlier this month organisers released a Facebook statement, saying that the Canadian hit maker's concert had been cancelled.

"Due to the current situation in Lebanon, Byblos International Festival and Celine Dion Management have both agreed with deep regret to cancel Celine Dion's appearance at Beirut Waterfront on July 31st 2020," the concise update read.

Understandably, fans aren't too happy.

"I [have] waited all my life to watch Celine in her concert and look what happens," wrote one fan.

Another echoed: "What a pity. I was in Lebanon last year to see Yanni at the same place. Loved Beirut and its people. Would return with no doubt."

The 51-year-old Grammy winner was due to bring her Courage tour to Beirut, which she announced in April 2019. The tour ties in with her latest album of the same name, which was released in November and her first English album in six years, after 2013's Loved Me Back to Life.

The full line up for the 2020 Byblos International Festival is yet to be released. However, the 2019 festival saw EDM superstar Martin Garrix, Chinese American cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Lebanese crooner Melhem Zein all take to the stage on various dates throughout July and August.

Updated: January 15, 2020 05:04 PM

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