Nigerian musicians due to perform a sold-out concert in Dublin on Friday night said they were ‘turned away’ after arriving at Dublin Port that morning.
Tuareg songwriter Mdou Moctar and his band’s Belfast show – due to take place last night – have also been canceled due to ‘visa issues’.
In an Instagram post, the group – also called Mdou Moctar – said they were “detained for eight hours” in Dublin.
Three of the band members are Nigerian, the fourth is American.
The group said they were told before arrival that their visas were the ones they needed.
They had to cancel their performance at the Sugar Club in Dublin, which is part of their European tour.
In the Instagram post, the band said they were “very excited to play in Ireland for the first time” but could not due to “insurmountable obstacles”.
The musicians said that after what they described as a “gruesome and traumatic day” they have also canceled their Belfast gig which was scheduled for last night at the Ulster Sports Club.
On Friday night The Sugar Club tweeted that Mdou Moctar’s concert had been postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances we have done everything to try to resolve” saying he was “devastated”.
Announcing the postponement of the sold-out show in Belfast, promoter Strange Victory Presents said it happened ‘due to visa issues’, adding ’10 months I’ve been waiting for this show, watching the audience grow. Beyond gutting!”
The Ministry of Justice said that as the alleged incident took place at Dublin Port, it was a gardaí matter.
A statement from An Garda Síochána has been requested.