UK visa problems see sell-out concerts cancelled

15 Jan 2015 | Posted by Carl Thomas

A number of sell-out concerts have been cancelled as a result of UK visa problems that have plagued the artist.

Nigerian musician Orlando Julius has been refused a UK visa by the Home Office which has prevented him from conducting his tour which was due to include Bristol and Glasgow among other British cities.

No reason was given by the Home Office for the cancellation, but a spokesperson for the Bristol venue, Colston Hall, told the Bristol Post: "Unfortunately Orlando Julius and The Heliocentrics will not be appearing on January 27. A rescheduled date for the performance is being confirmed and we will be in touch with customers who have already purchased tickets shortly."

The rest of the musician's European tour is still due to take place so it is unclear what has prompted the UK authorities to withhold a visa.

A spokesperson for Orlando Julius noted that they have been "sorry to have to announce the cancellation of Orlando Julius' performance". He added: "The UK Visa authorities have denied his visa and entry into the UK and we are forced to cancel all UK shows in January 2015.

"We are currently looking into the details of this refusal and hopefully can overturn this decision in the very near future to catch up on the concerts."

Orlando Julius is known for his major contribution to the development and popularisation of Afro-pop. His career began in the 60s when his work saw him fuse together African sounds with pop, soul and R&B; all of which were spreading to Africa from the US.