Live Earth Rio suspended?

Safety concerns halt Brazilian leg of the climate event

The Latin American leg of Live Earth taking place in Rio De Janeiro could be called off due to safety concerns.

Lenny Kravitz, Macy Gray and Pharrell Williams were due to be among the performers.

Police claim that they do not have enough officers to guarantee crowd safety at the open-air gig on Copacabana beach.

Brazilian promoters of the event, the only free show in the series of global concerts highlighting climate change, are hoping to overturn the decision.

A giant beach stage in front of Rio’s Copacabana Palace hotel has already been erected with organisers hoping to attract up to one million visitors, reports BBC News.

Brazilian prosecutor Denise Tarin has requested a suspension of the concert, saying security efforts by police would be concentrated on preparations for the Pan American Games starting on July 13.

Eight cities will be holding concerts across 24 hours on July 7 including London, Tokyo, Sydney and Johannesburg.

In a statement Brazilian promotion company Mondo Enretenimento said it was “working to guarantee the realisation of this important international event”.

It said it had plans to use dozens of observation towers and platforms, as well as police cameras, as part of the security scheme for the event.

If Tuesday’s court injunction is not overruled, it could spell a second cancellation in the Live Earth series, following the scrapping of a concert in Istanbul because of a lack of sponsorship and interest.

Be sure to check back to NME.COM over the weekend for full coverage from the global climate concerts, including special reports live from the London leg at Wembley Stadium.