Legendary rock band Deep Purple performed their controversial and eagerly awaited concert in North Cyprus on Saturday evening.
Around 20,000 fans from the Turkish Cypriot side and the divided island’s South attended the performance, with the band playing its most popular songs, Turkish daily ‘Hurriyet’ reports.
The group landed at Ercan Airport in a British Airways plane hired by NEU for the trip. This was a rare event for the airport, which is closed to international flights apart from those coming from Turkey.
Deep Purple were welcomed by Turkish Cypriot Foreign Ministry officials, since international celebrities make rare visits to the country because of the pressure exerted by the Greek Cyprus and the international community.
The concert was organised to mark the 25th anniversary of Near East University.