Lady Gaga denied permit to play in giant Doritos vending machine at SXSW

Singer's set at Doritos Stage scrapped due to public safety concerns

Lady Gaga has been refused a permit to play in a giant Doritos vending machine at this year’s SXSW.

The singer had been set to perform at the Texas festival’s Doritos Stage, which is mocked up to look like a huge, snack-dispensing machine, but according to Stereogum the performance has been scrapped due to concerns over public safety.

Don Pitts of Austin’s Music And Entertainment division said: “Our conclusion was based primarily on public safety concerns… We look at the size and capacity of the location covered by the permit being sought and how it fits with the anticipated attendance, based on event capacity and promotion. At the end of the day, it’s a parking lot.”

He also said that Gaga could still perform at this year’s SXSW, but only if she could find a location with “the necessary permanent infrastructure”. The singer, who was reportedly bitten by a slow loris on the set of her new video ‘G.U.Y. (Girl Under You)’, is set bring her artRAVE tour to Britain this October. She will play a series of arena dates in Manchester, Glasgow, London, Dublin and Birmingham.

When the first London date sold out, a second show on October 25 was added. With that show also selling out, a third night, scheduled for October 26, was also announced.

Lady Gaga will play:

Birmingham NIA (October 15)
Dublin O2 Arena (17)
Glasgow Hydro (19)
Manchester Phones 4U Arena (21)
London O2 Arena (23, 25, 26)

Tickets go on sale on February 14. To check the availability of Lady Gaga tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.