Arcade Fire gig cancelled by NATO

Summit forces band to call off their Lisbon gig

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Arcade Fire have had a gig in Portugal cancelled by NATO.

The band were due to kick off European dates at the Atlantica Pavillion in Lisbon on November 18, but are being forced to postpone the show by the military alliance.

A Summit Meeting Of NATO Heads Of State And Government is taking place in the city on November 19 and 20 and authorities are refusing to allow the gig to go ahead because of security resources being stretched by the close timing of events.

Arcade Fire offered to play the show a day earlier (November 17), but this date was determined not feasible by the organisers.

"The band are disappointed to be forced into this situation but there's nothing more we can do," explained Arcade Fire's manager Scott Rodger. "We will refund all tickets and we'll endeavour to get back to see our fans in Portugal as soon as we can."

Tickets will be refunded in full at point of purchase from November 3.
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