4Minute members cancel activities in the wake of deaths at their show

Members of K-pop girl group 4Minute have cancelled their public appearances at Seoul Fashion Week in a show of respect to the victims of the tragedy at a show they performed at on Oct 17. -- PHOTO: FATFISH ENTERTAINMENT
Members of K-pop girl group 4Minute have cancelled their public appearances at Seoul Fashion Week in a show of respect to the victims of the tragedy at a show they performed at on Oct 17. -- PHOTO: FATFISH ENTERTAINMENT

Members of K-pop girl group 4Minute have cancelled their public appearances at Seoul Fashion Week in a show of respect to the victims of the tragedy at a show they performed at on Oct 17.

According to US K-pop news site KpopStarz, Gayoon (Heo Ga Yoon) did not attend the Lucky Chouette 2015 S/S Collection event on Sunday (Oct 19) and HyunA (Kim Hyun Ah) will not be turning up at the Steve J & Yoni P fashion show on Monday (Oct 20).

Last Friday, some concertgoers died after the ventilation grate they were standing on to get a better view of 4Minute's performance gave way and they fell 10m into an underground carpark. At least 16 have died and 11 are injured from the fall.

According to international music site Billboard, 4Minute's record label CUBE Entertainment issued a statement saying: "We can't express how regretful they are for what happened. The concert was a multi-act concert shared by many artists. During 4Minute's performance, none of the members or staff were aware of the accident and completed their set. It wasn't until they arrived back in Seoul that they heard of the accident."

Besides, 4Minute, the other acts scheduled to perform at the Pangyo Techno Valley Festival were Junggigo, 2BiC, T-ara, TransFixion and Cherry Filter. The show was held in Seongnam, south of Seoul.

Korean hip-hop trio Epik High also did their part to show their condolences for the tragedy. Epik High, who were due to release their album on last Saturday (Oct 18), announced that they will be postponing the release of their new album.