By Constantinos Psillides
DEEP PURPLE, the legendary English rock band, are slated to appear live in the north as part of the 25th anniversary of the CyprusNear EastUniversity, according to a representative of the university executive board.
In a press conference held today, the university representative said that the band will be performing on May 24, at the Near East park in Nicosia. The concert has also been listed on the band’s official website with a link to buy tickets.
According to the Cyprus News Agency, a reporter from the daily Kibris Postasi asked whether the Cyprus government had tried to prevent the concert from taking place. A representative of the university responded that in a period when negotiations on the Cyprus problem are ongoing a rock concert should unite people.
“This is not a political event. Music is an international language and shouldn’t be perceived as a threat by anyone,” he said.
“This concert should be considered as a confidence building measure and a gesture of good will, that shows that we can come together in the international spirit of music,” he added.
Organisers also said that they will be arranging for chartered flights for people who want to attend the concert.
According to the organisers, the event will cost €970,000.
Concerts by major international stars in the north have caused controversies in the past. In July 2010, pop star Jennifer Lopez had to cancel an appearance at a luxury hotel in the north, following a political backlash.