The Bengaluru police has said that a show by Grammy Award-winning DJ and music maker David Guetta in the city this evening has not been crossed out, just postponed. In any case, the organisers say they were advised to cancel it because of law and order concerns after the mass attack and assault of ladies on New Year’s Eve in the Karnataka capital.
“Because of the present law and order situation in Bengaluru following the events that transpired around New Year’s Eve, the powers have suggested against holding the David Guetta show planned today in the city,” said Karan Singh, CEO of Sunburn, one of India’s greatest electronic move music festivals, which is organising the Guetta charity shows.
But the police said they have recommended that the event be rescheduled, not due to law and order fears, but because permission for the event was sought too late by the organisers and a local election is already being held in the region today.
“A big event occurred here, in a similar region. I don’t have enough force to handle 20,000 individuals. Keeping the elections in mind we have not given authorization. If you compose such a major occasion, all logistical arrangements should be investigated and should be spoken with as well,” said senior cop Amit Singh.
Karan Singh called it unfortunate, saying, “We at Sunburn tried our very best to make it happen but the powers understandably are not prepared to take any risks”. Mr Singh said that Sunburn plans to reschedule the show “subject to approval from the artist and the individual powers.”
He said Guetta’s different shows in Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad would go on as scheduled. Booking site Bookmyshow would be in contact with every one of the individuals who had purchased tickets for the Bengaluru show, he said.
Bengaluru was David Guetta’s first stop on his four-city visit. He performs in Mumbai tomorrow, in Hyderabad on Saturday and in Delhi suburb Noida on Sunday.