Lady Gaga concert in Indonesia cancelled

Lady Gaga calls off a concert in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, citing "security" concerns, after protests by religious groups.

Islamic groups in Indonesia opposed the Lady Gaga's concert
Islamic groups in Indonesia opposed the Lady Gaga's concert

A show by pop diva Lady Gaga in Indonesia has been cancelled after religious conservatives threatened "chaos" if she entered the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation.

Police in Indonesia had refused to issue a permit for the US pop star after Islamic groups objected to her show, claiming it was too vulgar.

The hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) had threatened to try to stop Lady Gaga getting off the plane.

Indonesia is officially secular but has more Muslims than any other country.

More than 50,000 tickets had been sold for the 3 June event. Promoters said they would offer refunds.

"Lady Gaga's management has considered the situation minute to minute, and with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga's side is calling off the concert," Minola Sebayang, lawyer for promoters Big Daddy, told reporters.

Earlier this month Jakarta police refused approval for the show after the hardline Islamic Defenders Front threatened violence if Lady Gaga performed, calling her a "devil's messenger" who wears only a "bra and panties" on stage.

But Indonesian national police later said they were still discussing the matter and organisers said it would go ahead on 3 June.

The promoters had indicated that a deal was being hammered out to tone down the star's racy show, but her own management vowed no compromise to appease religious conservatives or censors.

This is not the first time that Lady Gaga has faced objections during her Asian tour.

Her concert in South Korea in April was made an adults-only event following protests from Christian groups.

Protests also took place in the Philippines, with Christian groups accusing her of being blasphemous.

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