Mumbai: DJ David Guetta is on a four-city tour which was expected to begin from Bangalore and then move to Mumbai, Hyderabad and New Delhi. But his Bengaluru concert is cancelled for now.
French DJ David Guetta’s concert, scheduled here for tonight, has been scrapped with the organisers citing “law and order situation” following the molestation incident during New Year’s Eve as the reason.
The DJ, 49, is on a four-city tour which was expected to begin from Bangalore and then move to Mumbai, Hyderabad and New Delhi.
“Due to the present law & order situation in Bengaluru following the events that transpired around New Year’s Eve, the authorities have recommended against holding the David Guetta concert scheduled today in the city.
“We at Sunburn tried our very best to make it happen but the authorities understandably are not prepared to take any chances. Hence today’s concert unfortunately stands cancelled,” Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn, said in a statement.
The organisers said they hope to ‘reschedule’ the concert if they get permission from the authorities and the artiste but there is no clarity at the moment.
The SP, Bengaluru Rural told ANI that the concert was not cancelled; it was just postponed due to APMC polls. “No law & order problem,” he said.
“Other shows in Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad are on as per schedule,” Singh said.
However, Bengaluru Rural Superintendent of Police Amit Singh cited Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) polls as the reason for denying permission for the concert at a venue in Bengaluru Rural limits, adding, they came at ‘the last moment’.
"APMC elections are scheduled in Doddaballapura and Nelamangala. There are about 180 booths for which security has to be provided that's the reason permission has been denied," Singh told PTI.
"They (organisers) have come at the last moment. They came on 10th (January) seeking permission. They have not discussed about this in the past. Police personnel have to be deployed for elections, how we could give permission?" he asked.
Guetta, immensely popular in the country, had last performed in India in 2012.