Entries tagged with: VISA issues
As mentioned, punky Irish band Girl Band were to have made their first visit to NYC next week for three shows. Unfortunately, it's not to be, for reasons you've probably heard before. From their Facebook:
Absolutely gutted to say that due to US immigration we have to cancel all our shows in New York next week. Proper bummed out about this. Will be over as soon as we can.Bummer indeed.
by Ian Chainey
Behemoth at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Yesterday, Behemoth posted they were detained in Russia due to an issue with their visas. After an overnight stay in the Russian Federal Migration Service's lock-up and a morning appointment with a judge, the band has been deported.
Nergal, the band's singer, has also been their mouthpiece throughout the ordeal, providing Facebook updates until his means were seized, then giving an interview once released. Nergal on the reasons for the deportation, translated from Russian:
We received the visas at the Russian consulate in Warsaw. When we asked how to fill out the paperwork, we were told that it was necessary to obtain a business visa. We did everything we were told. Now it turned out that it was necessary to get some kind of a 'humanitarian' visa, not a business one.Ah, bureaucracy. As punishment, each band member was fined 2,000 rubles and asked to leave the country in a "timely manner." Before they received this court order, though, Behemoth were stuck in a detention cell. Nergal, from the same interview:
It was a very small room on a half meter. On the walls were smeared with feces. At night, we asked [to be] taken to the toilet, but we were somehow denied. Had to go in plastic bottles.Huh, ironic that a 'humanitarian' visa was the cause.
Future plans for the band are unclear, though the Russian leg of their European tour has been canceled.
Find a Russian news report -- with a pretty sweet phone video graphic -- on the incident below.
Va Fangul! (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew will not be making it to the United States as soon as planned. In his own words:
We have been forced to postpone this Thursday's show at the Bowery Ballroom due to visa complications.Updated tour dates are listed below...
Show rescheduled for Monday April 28th. Tickets and details here.
* All tickets from April 3 will be honored on April 28. Refunds are available at point of purchase. *
I'm not sure why this is happening...really, truly. Twelve years of doing visas and coming down to America with hopeful fists and I have never had a problem like this one. I've been told that red tape and bureaucracy are part of the situation, but it does not do any justice to the idea of having to cancel a whole week of radio sessions, TV appearances and a live show love fest. We submitted in time and we did everything that we needed to do.
The US government has not given me my work visa yet so I have to cancel everything. There are more questions of worth entering into the fold. The US government obviously has the right to delay visas for whatever reasons they want BUT it would be such a huge help if they were consistent with their requests, so that people like myself can be a part of the country's business and culture. I would like to warn other artists, agents and labels and make this known so that they can be more prepared and hopefully avoid a situation like this. It is a very complex and unpredictable process which in turn makes it very difficult to keep a career going in the US. It sucks and it's a huge hit in terms of trying to reach the people with my record... but it's also just how it is sometimes. So, all I can do is apologize to the ones who were coming out to the show, the ones who were having us on their shows and hopefully reschedule everything. This is out of our control... but they can't control our hearts. We own our hearts. I look forward to hopefully making them all pound whenever this whole thing gets cleared up. See you soon. xo - Kevin
German electronic project Roosevelt was supposed to tour the US around SXSW, including a NYC show that would have happened Tuesday (3/11) at Glasslands, but unfortunately all non-SXSW dates had to be cancelled due to visa issues. Refunds for the NYC show available at point of purchase.
Roosevelt will still make it to SXSW though, where one of their shows is the free Thursday BrooklynVegan day party at Red 7. They go on at 4 PM, before a headlining set by Little Dragon.
In related news, UK dance rockers Breton were also supposed to come to the US for SXSW, where one of their shows would have been the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party. Though unfortunately, like last time they attempted to come here, this trip has been cancelled due to visa issues too. At the moment, their NYC show for May 16 at Glasslands is still on (tickets).
Brendan Canning @ Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The government's gears are grinding again, but there's still some fallout, apparently, in the Visa & Immigration department. The latest viction, Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning, just played Pop Montreal and was supposed to start his tour this week with Holly Miranda. Unfortunately his visa is not processed quite yet, forcing the postponement US dates which were:
10/23/13 Allston, MA @ Great ScottThe dates are being rescheduled for 2014. Refunds for Mercury Lounge show are available at point of purchase.
10/24/13 NYC @ Mercury Lounge
10/25/13 Philadelphia @ World Cafe Live (upstairs)
10/26/13 Arlington, VA @ IOTA
You can still catch Holly Miranda when she plays Knitting Factory on October 29 with Kendra Morris, and Domino Kirke. Tickets are still available.
by Doug Moore
Godflesh @ MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
There have been rumors flying around for a few days that Godflesh will be postponing their upcoming North American tour because of visa issues, but there was no official announcement to work with. There still isn't from the band but Live Nation has confirmed that the tour -- which included a 10/19 stop at Irving Plaza -- is postponed. The replacement dates haven't yet been announced, but it sounds like they're not going to be until April. Bummer.
The delay was purportedly caused by government-shutdown-related shenanigans, just like the Church of Misery tour delay we mentioned yesterday. Double bummer. Call your congressperson about this travesty...especially if you live in a deep-red fortress district.
Passion Pit was kind enough to take the time to let fans know "a few" of the reasons bands cancel shows, like "weather", "general illness", "metal illness" and "conflicting schedules" (did they mean "emergency situation"?). We'd like to add a few more to the list:
1) Low Ticket Sales - Sometimes bands cancel shows because they don't want to play to an empty room, or it will be cheaper to refund everyone's money than pay the expenses associated with playing to a half-filled room. Sometimes they or the promoters are honest about it. Sometimes they aren't. Sometimes this can be solved by moving the show to a smaller venue instead of cancelling.
2) "Visa Issues" - This is a legitimate issue many artists face when trying to play overseas, and that sucks. Artists and/or the people who work for them can be overly optimistic and announce overseas shows before the band has the proper approval to play them, partially because they need to announce the show way in advance and the government can be slow. Sometimes it's easier to blame the country than yourself for filling out paperwork late. Sometimes you just need to say something that sounds better than "low ticket sales".
4) Offered Something Better - Sometimes artists get offered late night TV shows or tours with Paramore but they already scheduled shows during that time. Sometimes those artists decide that taking that new opportunity is important for their career, and worth pissing off a few fans and complicating things.
and last but not least...
5) Death Grips.
Add your own reasons in the comments!
A posting on Alexander's website reads, "von Mehren unfortunately has to cancel the forthcoming US tour due to immigration issues. New concerts will be scheduled as soon as possible." To quote Bill, "Damn, first TOY cancels, then Alexander Von Mehren cancels... US Immigration is a real bitch. Bummed on both counts."
Alex's tour was set to hit tonight (October 8) at Glasslands with Alexandra Stewart, October 9 at Mercury Lounge, and October 11 in LA.
TOY @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Dang it, Visa Issues strike again. UK band TOY were to have made their NYC debut this Thursday (10/10) at Glasslands but the venue just tweeted, "We are sorry to announce that due to delays w/ US immigration, Toy will no longer be able to play on 10/10. Refunds available via ticketfly." That's the second time they've had to cancel NYC shows this year.
TOY will, however, still be playing the The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome.
Thursday's Glasslands show is now Spires (who were to have opened for TOY) and Young Boys.
by Bill Pearis
Visa Issues strike again, this time with trip hop pioneer Tricky who was supposed to be here next week for a show at Webster Hall on June 13. (Same night that was to have been The Pastels at the Bell House that just got canceled due to visa problems.)But "Due to unforeseen US Visa issues" he's postponing his tour until the fall, around the time he's here for Treasure Island Fest in San Francisco. Says the man:
I'm really sorry to have to tell you that I have to postpone the forthcoming US dates.The new Webster Hall date is now October 2 and tickets are still available. New U.S. tour dates are below.
It is a situation that is compeletely beyond my control due to a US Visa issue. All I can do is go through the proper channels and secure the right visa. I hope you'll bear with me and I'll make sure that the rescheduled shows are worth the wait.
All tickets will be honored for the re-scheduled dates.
This will give you a little more time to familiarize yourself with Tricky's new album, False Idols, which is a bit of a throwback to the dark, smoky cool of Maxinquaye and Nearly God, working with a trio of female vocalits who recall his pairings with Martina Topley Bird or Elizabeth Frazier. Single "Bonnie & Clyde" (featuring Francesca Belmonte) is pretty great and you can check it out below.
Anika @ Glasslands, October 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Anika was supposed to be coming over to the U.S. next week for a NYC show at Cameo on December 7 (and was to play DC the day before) but due to ye old Visa Issues, both shows have been canceled. All tickets will be refunded. Bummer, hopefully she'll make it back over soon.
On the plus side, Anika just tweeted that "there may be a small something out soon." New single perhaps? Let's hope.
Bummer news: tonight's Actress show at Cameo has been canceled "due to Visa issues" and "will be rescheduled to a later date. For those who purchased advanced tickets, you will receive an email with the option for a refund within the next few days. New date will be announced soon."
Meanwhile, Werkhaus reports:
Moiré (soon to be releasing on Werkdiscs) & ACTRESS have been secretly working on a score, invited by Tate Collective and the infamous immersive theatre co Punchdrunk, to collaborate as part of a live event with art, performance art and music this Saturday, 22nd Sept. Punchdrunk have in turn choreographed a live performance to the score. A first for us!Werkdiscs is the label co-founded by Darren J. Cunningham, aka Actress. As for Moiré, not much is known but you can check out his (her? their?) "A number of Patterns" mixtape below.
Jens Lekman @ MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jens Lekman, whose upcoming Brooklyn show with Of Montreal was moved from Williamsburg Park to McCarren Park, now reports:
"Regarding Northside Festival in NY this Friday - Me and my band had unexplained difficulties with our visas resulting in the band not being able to make it. This is very frustrating to me as I have been rehearsing with the band for weeks and we were going to perform a whole new set. Neverthless, I was able to find a way to make it by myself. So instead I will be doing a solo acoustic set before Of Montreal and YOU will have to be my band. I'll do some classics, you sing along, we'll have a good time. "$37.58 tickets are still on sale or you can get in with your Northside Badge.
The BrooklynVegan showcase, which will have openers announced shortly, is also that same night at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Caveman and Frankie Rose. Tickets are also still on sale (or stop by with your Northside Badge).
Listen to a new Jens song HERE.
words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
The Twilight Sad @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Twilight Sad shrugged off a crazy week to deliver a blistering performance to open their US tour at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/25. The band saw the first two shows of their tour in D.C. and Philadelphia cancelled due to visa issues that had the Scottish rockers venturing all the way to Paris to secure passage to the states. None of that seemed to matter once they took the stage though, as they mixed older songs (like the excellent "Cold Days From The Birdhouse" and "She Would Darken The Memory Of Youth") with songs from their new, synth-laden record, No One Can Ever Know (Fat Cat).
Of the new material, set opener "Kill It In The Morning" rocked the hardest. Other highlights included the Radiohead-inflected, "Sick", and the propulsive "Dead City". Icier and more polished on the record, the new songs at the Music Hall slotted in seamlessly with the wall of guitar immediacy of the band's earlier material, thanks in large part to the work of guitarist Andy MacFarlane, who made it sound as if there were three guitarists on stage not one. And all the while lead singer, James Graham, was in perpetual motion - moving about the stage and around the microphone stand, dropping to his knees as he belted out one line and up on his toes to wail another in his distinctive Scottish brogue.
New Fat Cat signing, Forest Fire, and the quite excellent Micah P. Hinson opened. Hinson received a lengthy and fully deserved applause following his set, with people in the crowd shouting for him to play one more. I wish he had.
The Twilight Sad have since hit SXSW where they played the BrooklynVegan day party at "Hotel Vegan" on Friday. More on that one later. More pictures from the Brooklyn show, setlist included, below...
by Bill Pearis
We've got some news on the Django Django front. As you may remember, BrooklynVegan is presenting the band's Stateside debut at Glasslands on March 10. The show was supposed to be with Kwes, but unfortunately due to visa issues, he had to drop off the bill. (He's hoping to still make it in time for SXSW.) Opening instead will be New Haven electronic prankster D. Gookin, whose Spiral Style was released on Moodgadget last fall (and streamable below). I'll be DJing in between bands. There are still a few tickets left for this late show (doors at 11:30).
In related news, Django Django have added a 2nd NYC show which we're also presenting.
Listen to some songs below...
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - "The Great Smoke Off" (MP3)
The Raveonettes @ Emo's earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Kino @ Zebulon
* Ikue Mori @ The Stone
* Kyle Clyde @ The Stone
* PJ Harvey @ Terminal 5
* The Bad Plus @ Blue Note
* Vinnie Sperrazza @ Barbes
* Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
* Elton John @ Tribeca Film Festival
* Bambi Kino @ Bowery Electric
* Knyfe Hyts @ Secret Project Robot
* The Breithaupt Brothers @ Joe's Pub
* Dez Cadena, The Slants, Lunic @ Union Hall
* Kid Cudi, Chip Tha Rippa @ Roseland Ballroom
* Toshi Reagon (presents Good Folk) @ Joe's Pub
* Rubix Kube ('80s tribute band) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Mobb Deep's Prodigy" @ Powerhouse Arena Bookstore
* Local H, The Dig, The Yes Way @ Knitting Factory
* Joe Ely, Terry Allen, Ryan Bingham @ City Winery
* Mandingo Ambassadors, Mamady Kouyate @ Barbes
* The Raveonettes, Tamaryn @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Rubblebucket, MillionYoung, Com Truise @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Endless Boogie, The Ne're Do Wells, Mike Bones @ The Delancey
* Dom, MINKS, Fergus & Geronimo, Total Slacker @ Bowery Ballroom
* Easy Star All-Stars, John Brown's Body, Cas Haley @ Highline Ballroom
* The Wellington Papers, The Paper Planets @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Woodsman, Tjutjuna, Ancient Sky, Wet Dream, DJ Non Format @ Glasslands
* Grasshopper, J Mannion, Creeplings, High School Confidential @ Silent Barn
* The Pioneers of Seduction, Cinema Cinema, Karaoke Killed The Cat @ Fontana's
* Fletcher C. Johnson, Rev. Brandon Hayes, The Goddamn Rattlesnake @ The Acheron
* Jowe Head & The Extremities, German Measles, McDonalds @ The Rock Shop
* Davila 666, Hunx and His Punx, Shannon and the Clams, The Foxx @ Cake Shop
* The Pipettes, Les Sans Culottes, Freshkills, The Barnyard Boys @ Mercury Lounge
* Steve Ignorant (presents Crass songs 1977-1984),
Goldblade, A.P.P.L.E., Thulsa Doom, Dog That Bites Everyone @ Europa
* Krallice, Obits, Mira Billotte (of White Magic), Dope Body (Tribute to Brendan Majewski of Orphan) @ Union Pool
* The Marijuana-Logues w/ Tony Camin, Rob Cantrell, Bruce Cherry @ Grammercy Theater
Despite having visa issues earlier in the week, The Pipettes are in fact in town now and playing Mercury Lounge tonight.
However, Steve Ignorant's tourmate Goldblade are having visa issues that caused them to NOT make it to the U.S. in time for the start of their tour tonight at Europa. Steve will be there though, despite having visa issues that caused the delay of the entire tour, and Goldblade will hopefully work things out in time to get here for other dates.
Mogwai are also having visa issues and cancelled the shows they were scheduled to play on Thursday and Friday.
Happy 4/20! To celebrate, download and listen to the Deer Tick cover of a Shel Silverstein song above, and go see The Marijuana-Logues featuring Tony Camin, Rob Cantrell, and Bruce Cherry at Gramercy (but not Doug Benson), or check out Easy Star All Stars at Higline Ballroom ("ADVANCE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. LIMITED TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AT SHOWTIME."). You might know them from such classic albums as Dub Side of the Moon (2003), Radiodread (2006), Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009), and Dubber Side of the Moon (2010).
Though they're not technically on tour together, I guess they're sort of on tour together (which makes sense since they share a booking agent). I'm talking about Raveonettes/Tamaryn (at MHOW tonight) and Hunx/Shannon (at Cake Shop tonight). All four bands also played the same night, but in two different rooms (two separate shows) at Emo's earlier this month.
First Mogwai, and now the Pipettes...
Unfortunately, we have no choice but to push back our North American dates due to our visa paperwork being delayed. We're doing everything we can to fix this but we're going to have to delay the start of the tour until April 20th when we hope to have the paperwork back by then.The Pipettes were scheduled to play The Rock Shop in Brooklyn tonight (4/18). There are no plans to reschedule that show or the 4/19 one at Brighton Music Hall. Refunds will be available. All current tour dates, Mercury Lounge and Maxwell's included, are listed below...
The tour will now kick off on April 20th at The Mercury Lounge in New York.
Then Stu turned to the Visa Agent, "What did you say?" (more by Tim Griffin)
It is with great regret that we must inform you that due to an unforeseen delay in their visa processing, Mogwai must postpone the following shows:October is when they're scheduled to play ATP New Jersey. Stay tuned for the updated dates which will obviously be part of that trip now. Their April tour with Errors now starts April 25th in Montreal. All dates below...
April 19 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
April 20 Philadelphia, PA Starlight Ballroom
April 21 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 22 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 23 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
All shows will be rescheduled to TBA dates in October. The new dates will be announced shortly.
All tickets will be honored. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
We're sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience caused, however this is entirely out with our control.
DOWNLOAD: Grimes - "Vanessa" (MP3)
Grimes (aka Claire Boucher)
will accompany power-couple/canucks Handsome Furs on a handful of dates along the east coast this week. Those dates include Thursday's Brooklyn show at the Bell House which was sold out but just went back on sale.
UPDATE: Grimes is no longer on this tour due to visa issues. :-(
Maybe you recently caught Grimes at SXSW like Rachel did...
"Just as I passed the empty lot of an auto-repair shop, I heard a woman introduce herself and begin to play. It was Grimes, who, with her keyboard, knobs, and loops, is much like a female version of Baths... except perhaps a bit more eclectic and confident. (I love Baths, too, don't get me wrong.) But wow. Girl can multi-task. One minute, she's singing into the mic. The next, she has slung the chord over her shoulder and is going at it on the keyboard as she furiously taps pedals and cues samples."Or maybe you caught Grimes's pre-SXSW show at Silent Barn.
Grimes recently dropped their LP Halfaxa via Arbutus Records (pay what you want) and are working on the follow-up LP, but meanwhile have released a split EP with fellow Canadian D'Eon which is out TODAY (April 12th). Check out "Vanessa" from the Darkbloom split. You can download it above or stream it below. Pick it up at their label.
In May the Handsome Furs will be playing shows overseas including a May 13th show at Coalition in Brighton with the Radio Dept. That show, part of the SXSW-like Great Escape fest, is co-presented by M For Montreal and BrooklynVegan.
Handsome Furs' new album Sound Kapital will be released on June 28 via Sub Pop. Check out the full tracklist and a new track below.
All tour dates, the Grimes song stream, and a video of Grimes at SXSW, below too...
"Hate to comfirm that most of our international acts did not have their visas processed in time for sxsw despite having applied correctly." - Wichita Records
"We're truly sorry to everyone who"s worked so hard on these bands' trips and to everyone who planned to see them.we're all devastated." - Wichita Records
We're bummed to report that Frankie and the Heartstrings will no longer be playing their NYC show at Mercury Lounge on March 21st, or the BrooklynVegan Dot Com Day Stage at SXSW (we're working on a replacement), or any other SXSW shows they had scheduled like the Wichita Showcase which has bands dropping off it left and right. We can also confirm that as a commenter pointed out, Young Legionnaire (a Bloc Party side project) are also not making it to SXSW or Mercury Lounge.
Young Legionnaire were supposed to play Mecury Lounge after SXSW with Those Dancing Days who confirmed they were cancelling their NYC & Austin shows over the weekend, and before that it was Dam Mantle who cancelled all SXSW dates. The Witchita SXSW showcase now looks like this:
3/19 Wichita Records Showcase @LattitudeYou'll notice Veronica Falls is still on there. Though they cancelled their NY show, they are supposedly still making it to Austin. Their busy schedule is below...
Those Dancing Days
Frankie & The Heartstrings
10 Veronica Falls
08 Her Space Holiday
Despite visa troubles that caused the cancellation of Saturday's Littlefield show, Withered Hand has in fact made it to NYC in time for his shows at Cake Shop and Rockwood Music Hall, and will be attending/playing SXSW as well.
"Landed to confirmation of awful news re all of our efforts for sxsw and beyond.there are a lot of people who should be very ashamed $$$$$" - wichitarecs
Those Dancing Days
we are so sad - we have to cancel our US trip. we are just so devastated. our working visas have some through but by the time the final approval come through at the embassy in Stockholm we will miss half of our shows and we already missed our flights and finding new ones isn't working. :-((((( - Those Dancing DaysThose Dancing Days was scheduled to play Mercury Lounge on 3/22, right after playing something like six shows at SXSW in Austin (Fader, Filter, Billboard and Wichita Records showcase included). For Wichita, that means 2 of 6 of the artists playing their show have cancelled, because as previously mentioned, Dam Mantle aren't coming for the same reason. Here's their showcase at the moment:
3/19 Wichita Records Showcase @LattitudeThat said, I don't know if Wichita's above-quoted tweet is referencing this or something else or both.
01 Young Legionnaire
Those Dancing Days
11 Frankie & The Heartstrings
10 Veronica Falls
08 Her Space Holiday
Veronica Falls will hopefully make it, THOUGH they did cancel their Mercury Lounge show with Frankie & the Heartstrings that was scheduled to take place after SXSW (but not for visa reasons). Las Robertas will open that March 21st Merc show for Frankie instead.
Frankie & the Heartstrings also play the BrooklynVegan Dot Com Day Stage while in Austin.
"Withered Hand should be heading for SXSW. Instead, moronic US immigration officials in Vermont froze his visa and challenged the Edinburgh musician to prove that their qualified assertion he is "not of extraordinary ability" was an inaccurate one. One can only imagine they came to such a conclusion after believing 'Withered Hand' to be a thinly-disguised pseudonym for Abu Hamza.Unfortunately we just got word that the show scheduled to happen at Littlefield on Saturday is now cancelled. The Rockwood and Cake Shop shows are in danger too, as are his shows in Austin. We'll keep you posted.
After incessant campaigning from fans and well-wishers on Twitter, Facebook and even a formal petition with 750 signatures, at 3.30pm on Thursday, 10th March - a mere 41 hours before Dan Willson's transatlantic flight leaves Edinburgh Airport - his visa approval finally came through. However, with Dan having to rush to London for an interview at the US Embassy, it's still touch and go as to whether this nightmare will have a happy ending." [The Pop Cop]
In related news, Dam Mantle had to cancel SXSW for related reasons.
Yuck were set to kick off a U.S. tour at the Manhattan venue tonight, and as of now are still planning to play Glasslands on Wednesday if they can get things sorted and get in the country by then. Yuck were last supposed to be in NYC during CMJ but cancelled then too.
Check out Yuck's NSFW video for "Rubber", with all dates below...
Mystery Jets are reportedly stuck in Canada with visa issues that are going to cause them to miss their headlining slot at Mercury Lounge tonight (9/14). The sort-of-good news is that they still plan on playing their Wednesday show at the same venue and that all Tuesday tickets will be honored at that one. Meanwhile, Dominant Legs have become the headliner tonight and the show is now only $5.00:
NEW SET TIMES FOR 9/14 @ Mercury LoungeTickets are also still on sale for Wednesday which Dominant Legs are also playing.
8pm - TBD
9pm - Ravens & Chimes
10pm - Dominant Legs