Michael Jackson - London reacts
On Thursday June 25 Michael Jackson died of a cardiac arrest in Los Angeles at the age of 50. The pop superstar was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Centre at 10.26pm GMT.
Jackson’s death occurred just over two weeks before he was due to begin his unprecedented, largely sold-out run of 50 dates at the O2 Arena. AEG announced on the morning of July 30 full details of how fans who bought their tickets from the O2 or its authorised agents (including Ticketmaster, Viagogo, Seeticket or Ticketline) can claim their refunds. All ticketholders should visit www.michaeljacksonlive.com as of Wednesday August 1 to find their relevant refund form. The refunds will include all ticket service charges. Ticket exchange service Seatwave is also implementing a refund policy
However, if you’re the speculating type, there’s another option available. You can forego your refund and instead AEG will send you the physical ticket you would have received. Printed using a ‘special lenticular process’ (ie. it'll boast a snazzy, moving image), the tickets were apparently designed by Jackson himself and are being presented as a valuable commemorative memorial souvenir. Given their general razzle-dazzle appearance and, we’d imagine, relative scarcity since most people will likely opt for a refund, these tickets could fetch a tidy sum on eBay in the future. Or they could end up being completely worthless – who knows. You forfeits your refund, you takes your choice.
After the star's demise, Jackson’s legendarily devoted followers have been holding vigils across the globe. In London, Jackson fans have already begun leaving floral tributes outside the Lyric Theatre in the West End, which is currently staging a production of Jackson’s ‘Thriller Live’ musical. A flashmob moonwalk took place outside Liverpool Street on Friday June 26 – we had a photographer there and you can see the exclusive pictures here .
The impact of the news was especially dramatic online, with 30 per cent of Twitter's activity featuring tweets about the star. Music streaming sites such as We7 have created special compilations and over on Spotify, fans have been sharing their love for his musical career with playlists like this 'Tribute to the King of Pop'.
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