British New Wave band Depeche Mode will perform in Turkey once again. Because of a border blockade by Bulgarian truckers, Depeche Mode was forced to cancel its concert in Istanbul on Friday May 17th.
On its website, Depeche Mode apologized to fans for the cancellation.
Depeche Mode stated on their website that they regret to inform ticket holders for tonight’s show in Istanbul at KüçükÇiftlik Park that, due to circumstances beyond the control of Depeche Mode and Purple Concerts, tonight’s show will not be taking place. The Bulgarian trucking blockade at the Bulgaria-Turkey border has prevented Depeche Mode’s production trucks from crossing the border into Turkey, forcing this situation.
Depeche Mode and Purple Concerts are currently working to reschedule tonight’s show to later a later date in the Depeche Mode tour. Fans are kindly asked to hold on to their tickets and await further details from the band and Purple Concerts on this postponement.
Depeche Mode came to Turkey in 2001 and 2006 to give concerts at the Abdi İpekçi Arena.
Depeche Mode has had 48 songs on the U.K. Singles Chart and 12 top 10 albums on the U.K. charts, two of which debuted at number 1. According to EMI, Depeche Mode has sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most successful electronic band in music history. Q magazine calls Depeche Mode “The most popular electronic band the world has ever known.”
Depeche Mode, the band that redefined the sound of music, launched the start this week of their majestic, groundbreaking live tour across Europe next summer for what will undoubtedly be the musical highlight of 2013.
Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher will play 34 must-see shows in 25 European countries to an audience of more than 1.5 million fans, before taking the tour to North America. The tour kicks off with an open-air stadium show in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on Tuesday May 7th.
Other dates include Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, the Stade De France in Paris, Moscow’s Locomotive Stadium, and Rome’s Olympic Stadium. The European leg finishes July 29th at Minsk Arena.
These will be the band’s first live shows since their highly successful 2009/2010 Tour of the Universe during which they played 142 shows, smashing sales records with more than 2.5m tickets sold.
Celebrating over three decades at the top of the musical landscape, with over 100 million record sales, Depeche Mode have spent much of this year working on their hotly anticipated 13th studio album due for release next Spring, the follow-up to 2009’s hypnotic ‘Sounds Of The Universe’.
“I’m thrilled about the new album,” said Dave Gahan, “and I’m very excited to get back on tour. “