The Ticketek Australia website today announced that singer Chris Brown's planned concert tour of Australia and New Zealand that was scheduled to take place December 2015 has been cancelled. Brown will lose millions of dollars from the cancellations (tour tickets and merchandising), paid appearances and music sales it would generate.
Brown's initial visa application was denied in September 2015. He was given the option of an appeal that had to be lodged within 28-days from the date of declination (Chris Brown Advertises Tickets On Sale To Australia And New Zealand Tour Despite Visa Ban). However, Brown's appeal has been denied. He and his promoter lost money by putting the shows in New Zealand and Australia on sale and booking venues with associated costs.
Previously, the Judiciary Report wrote it is not a good idea booking concerts and paid appearances in foreign nations without the necessary visas. Promoters cannot assume a nation will let them and or their artist enter each respective nation. This rule is even more relevant when the artist has a criminal record. Major world governments generally do not allow people with felony convictions into their nations (with the exception of select nations). Drug offenses are particularly frowned upon by government visa offices.
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Chris Brown's Australian Tour Has Been Canceled
The tour cancelation announcement noticeably didn't cite the rejected visa application and promised to double down on rescheduled performance dates. "Mr Brown and the promoters both remain positive that the tour will take place in the near future," a statement from the promoter said. "Mr Brown wishes to express his deepest gratitude to the fans for their support and looks forward to a successful tour in the near future."
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