President slams Enriques Colombo concert

Enrique Iglesias performed at the CR & FC grounds as part of his ‘Sex and Love’ world tour. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena today slammed the organizers of the Enrique Iglesias concert staged in Colombo saying it had a negative impact on local culture and tradition.Speaking at an event in Ampara, the President noted that the December 20th (2015) concert saw some girls removing their undergarments and throwing it towards the singer while one girl got on stage and kissed him. The President noted his displeasure at liqueur being served free to those who purchased the most expensive tickets. Tickets were sold at between Rs, 5000 and Rs. 35,000 for the concert but fans who purchased the Rs. 35,000 tickets were unhappy at the facilities provided to them. President Sirisena accused local authorities of failing to make proper inquiries before the concert was given approval and insisted that in future he will take measures to ensure such events are not approved.“I need to say these things. As a Sinhalese Buddhist I cannot refrain from expressing my views. I will speak out when our traditions and culture is harmed,” he said. The President said that usually people will punish the girls for their behavior at the concert but he feels the punishment should be given to the organizers.Sirisena said that some people organise events for the sake of making money but fail to understand not everything is about the money.Live Events Sri Lanka headed by former top cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena organised the Enrique Iglesias concert in Sri Lanka, the biggest chart topping star to perform in Sri Lanka so far. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more