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No Lauv Lost: US Singer Cancels Jakarta Concert Due to Riots, Promises to Return

Nur Yasmin
May 24, 2019 | 4:25 pm
Lauv, real name née Ari Staprans Leff. (Photo courtesy of @lauvsongs on Instagram)
Lauv, real name née Ari Staprans Leff. (Photo courtesy of @lauvsongs on Instagram)

Jakarta. American singer-songwriter Lauv vows to return to Jakarta after being forced to cancel a concert on Friday due to security concerns following violent post-election demonstrations in the capital on Tuesday and Wednesday.  

In a video uploaded on social media, Lauv, née Ari Staprans Leff, expressed his regret that he had to cancel his Jakarta concert. 

"So sorry, I promise I'll be back soon. I am very, very sorry to have to do this. I really love you and hope to meet you as soon as possible," he said in the video on Thursday.

Lauv's concert is supposed to take place at Tennis Indoor Senayan in South Jakarta, just a few kilometers away from spots in Central Jakarta where the worst protests and riots happened.


Most things have returned to normal on Friday with only a few roads near the Constitutional Court on Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat – where losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is supposed to lodge his official election protest today – and the House of Representatives in Senayan remaining blocked off. 

Concert promoters PK Entertainment, AEG Presents Asia and Sound Rhythm said the cancellation was made due to security reasons in a press statement received by Jakarta Globe on Thursday.

"Due to the recent events in Jakarta, the Lauv concert scheduled for May 24 at Tennis Indoor Senayan has been canceled," the promoters wrote.

"Lauv holds the safety and comfort of his fans and touring staff as paramount, and sends his deepest apologies," they said.

"On behalf of the artist and all involved, we apologize for any inconvenience. We are actively looking for a date for Lauv to return to Jakarta," the promoters said. 

The date for the new concert will be announced on its dedicated website.

Returns for the original tickets will be available, with the mechanism to be announced soon.

Lauv's concert in Jakarta is part of the Lauv Tour Asia throughout May 2019. The Los Angeles-based singer is scheduled to play in India, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.

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