London Japan relief ‘supergig’ cancelled

Live Nation bosses say they couldn't get artists to commit to play

The London ‘supergig’ that was due to be held next month to raise money for the relief effort in Japan has been cancelled.

Promoters Live Nation had said it was in negotiations with a number of major artists to play the gig, which was expected to be held at Wembley Arena. It was supposed to be screened on the BBC in the UK and in the US on NBC.

According to Music Week, chiefs at promoters Live Nation has said they could not book artists to perform at the event.

A spokesman for the company said: “Unfortunately, with now only 13 days to go to the proposed Concert For Japan, sadly we are in a position where we have been unable to secure the artists required to produce the worldwide TV broadcast that we had hoped for and have therefore very reluctantly decided to proceed no further.”

Meanwhile, Beady Eye, Primal Scream, Graham Coxon, The Coral and Richard Ashcroft are set to play an unaffiliated benefit show for the victims of Japanese earthquake and tsunami on Sunday night (April 3).