Akon banned from performing in Oz

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2010, 09:04 AM IST

London: Akon has been banned from performing at a gig in Australia after his 2009 concert at Melbourne was marred by violence.

The singer was due to play at the Summerbeatz festival at Rod Laver Arena on November 25 as part of his Australian tour, but bosses at the venue have forbidden the `Lonely` hitmaker from going ahead with the show following last year`s brawl, reported Contactmusic.

The star`s music promoter Dwayne Cross said in a statement, "Akon will not be performing in Melbourne on the Summerbeatz 2010 Tour. This is due to restrictions put on us by the Melbourne venue Rod Laver Arena.

"We have toured Akon in Australia many times before and we are extremely disappointed that Melbourne misses out on seeing such an amazing and popular performer, however, this situation is completely out of our hands."

Akon was performing at Melbourne`s HiSense Arena as part of his co-headlining show with T-Pain last October when rival gangs began fighting, prompting him to halt the event.

At least 18 people received medical treatment, including two security guards, while nine were taken to hospital following the riots.

The Melbourne show will go ahead with Ciara, Jay Sean, Travis MCCoy and Soulja Boy among the stars headlining.

PTI