EUROVISION Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst missed her show at the Edinburgh International Festival last night after her Syrian band members were denied visas.

The Austrian, who won the annual music competition in 2014 with Rise Like a Phoenix, was scheduled to take the stage at last night’s showing of the New European Songbook.

However, she was forced to cancel when the three Syrian-born members of her Vienna-based backing band, Basalt, were all denied visas.

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The refusal comes despite the event’s official status as a permit-free festival.

Organisers are now working to bring the drag star and her band to the capital before the month is out.

The festival said: “We are very disappointed to announce that the Syrian artists were unsuccessful in their application for visas to perform live at the concert.

“The concert will go ahead with a specially recorded introduction by Conchita and Basalt and a film of their performance.

“The International Festival has issued an open invitation to Conchita and Basalt to perform later at this year’s Festival. If this is not possible, the invitation will be extended to the 2018 International Festival.”

The world-famous arts showcase is on the Home Office list of permit-free festivals, which allows artists who need a visa to enter the country to apply for a standard visitor’s visa, rather than a working visa. The rule also applies to support staff.

Basalt applied to enter the UK on this basis, but was unsuccessful. The trio formed in Austria last year.

The New European Songbook includes musicians from the continent performing with those who have recently arrived there in two nights of new music.

Wurst said: “Due to the unfortunate fact that my friends Amjad, Noor and Almonther from Basalt were unsuccessful in their visa application to enter the UK, I am not performing at the Edinburgh International Festival tonight.

“We are all very sorry.”