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Long-awaited BFF concert next year

Update : 22 Nov 2014, 09:19 PM

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is going to host its long-awaited fund-raising concert at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) on February 13 next year. 

The BFF received the official nod from the National Sports Council (NSC) last Thursday and was finally allotted the big bowl for the concert.

After receiving the permission, a nine-member concert and lottery committee sat for a meeting at BFF House yesterday to discuss some details of the concert. The meeting was presided over by BFF senior vice president Abdus Salam Murshedy.

Football’s governing body in the country has long been planning about holding a concert in a bid to raise funds that will be utilised in a countrywide development programme. It was earlier scheduled to be held on June 21 this year but was later postponed as the NSC did not give permission.

Zero Degree, an entertainment event management firm, is all set to organise the event and it was learned that the company agreed a deal worth Tk27.5m with the BFF. The BFF’s initial target was to earn Tk30m from the concert but the procedure is still under negotiation, informed general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag.

The official announcement as well as the deal signing ceremony will be completed in the next 10 or 12 days. “We got the official nod from the NSC last Thursday and started working on it. The concert will be held on February 13 next year at BNS and Zero Degree Entertainment will manage the event. The performers of the concert are yet to be decided. Everything will be finalised and announced within 10-12 days at a programme,” said Shohag yesterday.

The event management company has already started the proceedings by getting in touch with global artists. Apart from noted Bangladeshi artists, it was learned that renowned American rapper Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, is at the top of the targeted list.

Indian artists Yo Yo Honey Singh, who is famous for his number “Lungi Dance”, Sunidhi Chauhan and Arijit Singh and Pakistani singer Atif Aslam are also in the list of targets. The event management firm is also poised to add extra flavour with the addition of a number of Indian cinestars. 

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