Dutch city scraps Snoop Dogg concert

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Dutch festival organisers have been forced to cancel a Snoop Dogg open-air concert, after city authorities said Thursday the US rapper was not welcome in The Hague.

"Snoop Dogg will not perform at Parkpop," a summer festival in The Hague on June 27, city hall said in a statement.

City authorities, the prosecutor's office and the police department jointly called on the festival organisers to scrap the concert "in order to preserve the free, open and friendly nature of Parkpop," the statement said.

Contacted by AFP, a city hall spokesman was unable to provide further details on the reason for the concert being pulled.

The US hip-hop icon, real name Calvin Broadus, has had several brushes with the law since being tried and acquitted for murder in 1993, the year he found fame with his debut album "Doggystyle.

He has previously been denied visas to perform abroad due to convictions for drugs and firearm offences as well as reputed ties to Los Angeles gangs.

"We are very, very disappointed," said Marit Noorlander, a spokesman for the festival organisers.

Snoop Dogg was to have headlined the 30th edition of Parkpop, billed as Europe's biggest free pop festival, alongside German pop legend Nena and the US actress-turned-singer Juliette Lewis.

He was barred by Britain in 2007 and withdrew an application for a visa to Australia after he pleaded no contest in a US court to illegally possessing a gun and marijuana.

However Australia let him in in 2008, and he is to star at England's Glastonbury festival later this month.

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