Colombo Mayor says suing Enrique concert organizer

Jan 11, 2016 (LBO) – The mayor of Colombo says he is taking legal action to recover an estimated 30 million rupees in taxes from Live Events, the company that recently organized the Enrique Iglesias concert in Sri Lanka.

The Colombo Municipality said event organisers had sold “invitations” to the event to avoid paying taxes and more tickets had been sold than the number disclosed to the authorities.

“I tried to talk to them and resolve this issue, but Live Events has subcontracted work to another company and they seem to be having internal problems,” Mayor A. J. M. Muzammil told AFP.

Iglesias’s December 20 performance was criticized by President Maithripala Sirisena after reports that women at the concert threw bras at the singer.

Two of the directors of Live Events, former cricketers Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, have apologised for the “negative experience” during the one-hour concert by the Spanish star, which fans said was badly organized.

Those who bought expensive tickets had been dislodged by people who bought cheaper tickets as security and crowd control arrangements failed.