A NUMBER of concerts taking place in Chile have been cancelled or rescheduled due to protests over living costs and inequality.
More than a million people joined a rally on 18 October in the capital, with the scale of the protests resulting in the government calling for the cancellation of all large-scale events.
Several concerts at Santiago Movistar Arena (cap. 17,000) have been cancelled including two performances by Andre Rieu on 18 and 19 October. Tickets ranged from 23,000 to 218,500 pesos ($ 31-294).
Also cancelled was Bryan Adams’ on 22 October, Joan Manuel Serrat & Joaquín Sabina on 29 October, and Credence Clearwater Revisited on 30 October
Bizarro Entertainment, the promoter which operates the arena, is offering refunds and exchanges.
“We are deeply sorry for the cancellations and the inconvenience this will cause to those who had bought tickets, but we find ourselves in a situation that is out of our hands,” says Bizarro Entertainment in a statement.
Vivela Festival, which was set to take place on 19 October in the Quinta Normal Park in Santiago, was also called off and is offering refunds.
As Audience went to print, events were being cancelled or rescheduled as the protests continued.