SINGER Ed Sheeran cancelled a gig as crowds came in over fears the set could collapse.

Fans who queued in sweltering heat for hours in Las Vegas were left fuming when it was axed 20 minutes after doors opened.

Ed Sheeran cancelled his Las Vegas gig over fears for the safety of the crowd


Ed Sheeran cancelled his Las Vegas gig over fears for the safety of the crowdCredit: Getty

Shape of You hitmaker Ed, 32, and his team were bringing their gear in ahead of soundcheck when a flooring problem was flagged.

Rubber tiling had become unstuck — causing two tall towers to slip overnight by about a foot each.

Engineers tore the rig apart and reinforced the towers but both were still found to be shifting at the ­Allegiant Stadium in Nevada, leading to Saturday’s late cancellation.

A source said: “Health and safety is paramount at gigs of all magnitude and scale – but even more so at a 65,000-seater NFL stadium. The issue was with the floor rather than the stage itself but Ed and his crew battled for 24 hours to salvage the show.

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“He was obviously gutted they couldn’t make it happen but it was completely out of his hands and the right decision to protect his fans.”

But some fans were said to have been vomiting and passing out as temperatures hit 37C.

Others were angry that merchandise and other stalls were opened despite the cancellation.

The Brit singer was later filmed apologising and taking selfies with the few who managed to get in.

The Grammy Award-winner also wrote on Instagram: “I’m so sorry. I know everyone has travelled in for this and I wish I could change it.”

The gig has been rescheduled for October 28.

The Allegiant Stadium apologised for the delays and inconvenience.

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