The cops played spoilsport for what would’ve been one of the year’s biggest parties for music lovers in the city. The Bryan Adams concert, which was to take place on Tuesday evening at the NSIC grounds in Okhla, was called off yesterday morning as the organisers, Netsurf Entertainment, failed to acquire permission from the Delhi Police.
As reported first by HT City, the confusion began on Monday afternoon, with cops refusing to grant a no-objection certificate to the organisers. While there were last ditch efforts to salvage matters, much to the disappointment of thousands of fans who had bought tickets, the show was cancelled. “Yes it’s off but we’re trying to sort things out. We’ll ensure that his fans won’t be left disappointed,” said a spokesperson for the organisers.
At the time of going to the press, those who bought the tickets were being told that the concert will now take place on Sunday in Gurgaon, with Kingdom of Dreams (KOD) being touted as a possible venue. “We are in talks with the organisers,” said Viraf Sarkari, director, KOD.
Earlier, on Monday evening, hectic efforts were made by the organisers to convince the cops about the security arrangements at the Delhi venue. But, the police weren’t swayed. “We denied them permission for valid reasons. They hadn’t gotten the right security or traffic arrangements in place. Law and order would’ve been a serious issue at this concert,” said Virender Chahal, additional commissioner of police (South-East).
Fans feel cheated. “I’m so disappointed. The last time Bryan was in India, he hadn’t performed in Delhi and this time we’re being cheated out of a great performance,” says Shalini Sharma, a lecturer. “I rescheduled an overseas trip for this concert. Delhi can’t even manage one concert,” says Ekta Jindal, a software engineer.
On Twitter too, the anger is evident. “The Capital can’t host one proper event! First it was the CWG scam and now it’s this,” wrote SRD.
12am, Feb 15
I’m in New Delhi waiting to hear from the police about the concert. As far as I’m concerned the show is ON - we’re 100% here for the fans
1am, Feb 15
No one has told me the concert is off...
There are so many more people than they expected coming to the show, that they are concerned about security
Police have cancelled the New Delhi concert tonight due to public safety
March 2010: The first day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, to be held at NSIC Grounds, Okhla Industrial Area, was called off after the Delhi Fire Service Department refused to grant permission and the Delhi Police withheld the no-objection certificate
May, 2010: The cast of Rajneeti had to cancel their flights to Delhi as they were denied permission by the Delhi police for a promotional event at SRCC
September 2010: Launch of the Delhi Eye by actor Shah Rukh Khan was cancelled by cops at the last minute due to crowd mismanagement in Kalindi Kunj Park.