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Last Updated: Friday, 15 June 2007, 05:43 GMT 06:43 UK
Visa woes axe India band concert
Jaipur Kawa Brass Band
Jaipur Kawa Brass Band were a hit in Llangollen last year
A brass band from India has cancelled a Denbighshire concert after "last-minute" visa problems.

Organisers at the Royal International Pavilion in Llangollen said the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band were unable to board their flight from India.

The concert was part of the band's preparations for Glastonbury, which they still hope to make.

A Pavilion spokeswoman said: "We're contacting everyone who has bought tickets to try and spread the word."

"We're extremely disappointed.

"The band came to Llangollen for the International Eisteddfod last year and were a huge hit, so we're very disappointed to have to announce the cancellation of this week's performance."

It is not the first time the Royal International Pavilion has been hit by visa problems.

In 2006, some performers pulled out of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod - which sees dozens of acts from around the world - because they said visa costs had doubled.

Groups from the Ukraine, Turkey and Indonesia said the work-free permit visas, which dance troupes or choirs must have, were beyond their reach at 86.

One 40-strong group from Turkey pulled out after being told they had to pay 285 new Turkish Lira per head for a visa - around 100 - for their five-day visit to Llangollen.


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