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All the music stars invited to participate in the THISDAY Music Festival, 2007, have arrived the country for the music extravaganza.

The event which was to kick-off by 6pm yesterday will now hold from 11am today.

One of the stars of the event, Shakira, Latin Amer-ica's singing sensation flew into the country yesterday evening with two aircraft. The first plane brought her while the second – an Airbus – freighted her equipment. Music icons, Rihanna and Ne-yo also arrived yesterday.

Their arrival was preceded by neo-soul singer, John Legend, earlier on Friday, on a British Airways flight.

Earlier on Thursday, the British Reggae group, UB40 arrived Nigeria for the concert.

The artistes will be joined by P. Diddy, another American hip-hop star who shall be arriving in style with a private jet in the early hours of today.

The other participating international artistes include UB40, John legend, Timi, P,Diddy, Rihanna, Kelly, Rowland, Ne-Yo, Dakolo and of course Shakira.

According to Ola Joshua, Head, THISDAY Entertai-nment Group who expressed the Group's regrets at the rescheduling, the slight shift was occasioned by the need to perfect arrangements which will ensure that invited artistes give their best and the audience also enjoy the live show maximally.

In this light, the event previously planned as a two-day impressario has now been collapsed to one day which will accommodate a marathon performance by all the national and international music icons invited, Joshua further explained,

The 2nd THISDAY festival, which is billed for opening by the Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan and Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola shall also feature Nigerian artistes who are all in Lagos in readiness for the event. They include Tuface, D-Banj, Mode Nine, Asa, Sasha and P-Square.

Fashola is expected to use the concert as a perfect opportunity to sell Lagos as the number one tourist destination in Africa.

The show would now run from 11am to 4pm and 4pm to 9pm. This is to avoid any traffic congestion and in sensitivity to the welfare of residents of Lekki, a Lagos environ, according to the concert organisers.

Ticket prices remain unchanged and are selling for N10,000 for Classic tickets; N25,000 for VIP tickets; and N50,000 for tickets in the State Box category.

Members of the public who have not bought their tickets still have the opportunity to buy their concert and parking tickets at select Guaranty Trust Bank branches and at THISDAY Media Stores at the Palms Shopping Mall, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The branches of the bank and THISDAY Media Stores will also be open today for ticket sales.

The music festival is scheduled to hold at the new 15,000 capacity THISDAY Events Centre in Lekki, Lagos, today.