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Lady Gaga concert in Jakarta canceled after Islamist threats JAKARTA - Controversial US singer Lady Gaga is having a bad romance with her fans in Indonesia, dubbed as “Little Monsters”, with her scheduled concert in Jakarta officially cancelled by her management amid strong reactions from hard line Indonesian groups.

Local promoter Big Daddy Entertainment’s executive Michael Rusli told reporters in Jakarta on Sunday that Gaga’s management had called him in the morning to cancel her performance in the capital.

“We have already received a call from Gaga’s management that the singer had called off her concert in the capital,” said Michael.

The Grammy-award winning singer was previously scheduled to perform before 52,000 fans who had already purchased tickets to attend the concert at Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on June 3.

According to Michael, the 26-year-old singer’s management decided to cancel the planned concert given “security concerns”. “We will refund the tickets that have already been bought. We will announce the procedure on Wednesday,” he added.

A total of 52,000 tickets had already been sold since the opening of tickets sales on March 10. Big Daddy’s lawyer, Minola Sebayang, said the promoter was still trying to complete all necessary documents in order for the police to issue a concert permit.

He added, however, that Gaga’s management had decided to not take any risks on the singer, her crew members or ticket buyers from “suffering any harm”. “Gaga’s camp did not want this show to cause any harm to anybody,” said Minola.

Gaga, known for her over-the-top live performances and eccentric fashion sense, has received backlash from hard line groups in Indonesia. The groups accuse her of indulging in pornography and promoting “satanic values” in her music.

One of the groups, the notorious Islam Defenders Front (FPI), had gone as far as threatening to intercept the singer once she “landed her feet” in Jakarta.


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