Inside Iran: Music concerts cannot go uninterrupted

Instances of concerts being cancelled are frequent in Iran. This report is part of a series by Al Arabiya News Channel.

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Iran’s crackdown on singers and the bans it imposes on music concerts have forced many artists to flee the country to pursue their careers, a new report aired on Al Arabiya News Channel said Sunday.

The report, which is part of the channel’s “Inside Iran” series, discusses why music concerts cannot go uninterrupted in Iran.


In the conservative Islamic Republic, not all kinds of music are acceptable. Not only is Western or pop music frowned upon, but traditional music concerts sometimes infuriate Iranian hardliners.

Instances of concerts being cancelled are common in Iran.

Sometimes concerts are annulled by authorities, despite organizers receiving the necessary permits and selling all of the tickets.

Including women performers or not segregating the audience based on gender could also trigger a cancellation. Hardliners may at times attempt to attack spectators outside a concert, according to a report by Al-Monitor.

Having female solo singers performing in front of a mixed audience is deemed “inappropriate,” and women have been prevented from singing in public after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Singers like Hayedeh or Googoosh were pushed to leave the country, Al Arabiya’s report said.

A partial openness to conservative art happened during the period of President Khatami. Nevertheless, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad muted these voices again.

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