No Venue? No Problem! Maluma Sings in Buenos Aires Streets After Stadium Shuts Down

Maluma performs in Mexico City
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Maluma performs during a show at Auditorio Nacional de la Ciudad de Mexico on May 29, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico.

It was a bit of a tumultuous weekend in Buenos Aires, with popular venue Estadio Luna Park shutting down in the midst of a busy concert season because it hadn’t secured the proper permits to operate from the city.

Luna Park, which seats nearly 9,000, shut down just hours before Colombian reggaetón star Maluma was slated to perform one of two sold out shows June 24 and June 25.

The closure also affected Fifth Harmony’s show, which was slated to take place Sunday, June 26 (the show took place at the DirecTV Arena instead).

In a release, Luna Park said: “The show planned for tonight [June 24] has been suspended because the government of the City of Buenos Aires has denied the permit necessary for the programmed shows to take place.” Luna Park is responsible for obtaining the permits to the shows.

The news, which came an hour before Maluma was set to take the stage, didn’t sit well with the thousands of fans lined up waiting to get into the theater.

But Maluma, who already played a sold-out show at Luna Park, didn’t miss a beat.

In the absence of a stage, the 22-year-old star took to the streets, serenading fans with an impromptu a cappella performance as they stood behind the barricades.

Maluma’s two canceled shows have been rescheduled for Aug. 17 and 18. Original tickets will be honored.