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News |  23 Apr 2012 17:24 |  By RnMTeam

Sonu Nigam misses O2 arena concert over Visa hassles

MUMBAI: Exemplary singer Sonu Nigam who was schedule to perform at the famous O2 Arena in London yesterday missed the much awaited concert due to visa issues at the last moment. The promoters failed to obtain visas for the entire group except Nigam.

Nigam tweeted "Disappointed and enraged to inform everyone that I'm not coming to London. Hard to believe that except my visa, not a single visa for my group was done. Never happened in 20 years of overseas travel”.

Sonu Nigam was listed to perform a headline act at Dhamaka 2012 event along with Pakistan’s singer Atif Aslam . It was for the first time that both international singing sensations were performing together but due to unprecedented event the musically uniting performance couldn’t take place and Aslam headlined the act extending the 90 minutes format.

Nigam's team released an official statement stating the reason behind the absences of singer from the concert. They stated, “It is only appropriate that we tell the truth so that no one misleads our fan base, and all the people who had bought the expensive tickets, flew in, in some cases all the way from abroad only to see the headline act Sonu Nigam.”

“Nigam and his entire troupe faced an ordeal on their way back from Australia when their connecting flight to Bombay got cancelled from Singapore and they had to fly to Delhi and then reach Mumbai. The troupe along with Nigam headed straight to the British visa office VFS in Andheri East, and fulfilled the official formalities as the promoters in UK had assured that the visas could easily be procured thereafter. Little did we know that we will reach a point where our time, our dates and most importantly our credibility will go through testing times such as this! In our 20 years of successful inning in the show-biz, this is the first time a promoter has failed to obtain visas for our entire group except Nigam! We are aghast at this unexpected turn of events,” the statement added.