Entries tagged with: VISA issues

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"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

Frankie and the Heartstrings

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 @Lattitude
01 Young Legionnaire
12 Those Dancing Days
11 Frankie & The Heartstrings
10 Veronica Falls
09 Dam Mantle
08 Her Space Holiday
You'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...

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"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
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 Days
Those 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 @Lattitude
01 Young Legionnaire
12 Those Dancing Days
11 Frankie & The Heartstrings
10 Veronica Falls
09 Dam Mantle
08 Her Space Holiday
That said, I don't know if Wichita's above-quoted tweet is referencing this or something else or both.

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

"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.

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]

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.

In related news, Dam Mantle had to cancel SXSW for related reasons.


I guess I won't be rushing from Beacon Theater down to Mercury Lounge tonight anymore. "Yuck has canceled due to visa issues. Refunds available at point of purchase."

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...

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Mystery Jets

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 Lounge
7pm doors
8pm - TBD
9pm - Ravens & Chimes
10pm - Dominant Legs
Tickets are also still on sale for Wednesday which Dominant Legs are also playing.

by BBG


Wormrot have been forced to delay the start of their tour due to visa issues. That means they won't be appearing at Santos Party House tonight (9/2), though all the other bands on the bill still will. To make up for it, Wormrot have rescheduled their NYC show to this SUNDAY (9/5) at Bowery Electric at 11PM. From there they move to Cleveland and tour as planned, though now we can also announce one more show that was being kept a secret up until now: BrooklynVegan & 1000 Knives are proud to present Wormrot with Mutant Supremacy, Defeatist, Psychic Limb, and Curandera at the Acheron on 10/3!

Wormrot's Abuse was one of my favorite LP's of 2009. Updated tour dates and a video of Wormrot in action is below...

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"We announce with great regret that tomorrow's (June 24) free performance by the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® featuring Omara Portuondo at Celebrate Brooklyn! has been CANCELLED because the group did not get visas in time for all musicians to travel to New York from Cuba. At this time, there are no plans to reschedule the performance."

Leatherface @ Knitting Factory in March (more by Chloe Rice)

"Very sorry to announce that LEATHERFACE has been denied admitence to the country and will not be able to perform what would have been a fucking bad ass show a the knitting factory in brooklyn tonight. however, all of the support will still be here to rip your face off so come down and jump in the pit! Ninja Gun, 2 Man Advantage, Iron Chic"
Tonight was supposed to be Leatherface's 2nd show at the venue in less than 3 months. bummer.

Nebula @ a BV CMJ show (more by Paul Birman)

Though we otherwise had an amazing day party at Emo's on Wednesday, I was hit with some unfortunate news around 2pm. GZA wasn't making it due to "issues at Newark Airport". Scheduled to go on at 4:30pm after The Black Angels and before Fucked Up, we scrambled to come up with a solution. Not sure we could pull off a hip hop replacement, BV-SXSW veterans Deer Tick seemed like they might rush in and fill the slot, but that ended up not being a reality so, partially due to the advice of the venue, we decided to just extend the sets of the other bands including Titus Andronicus. I then got a text that Wu-Tang affiliates Killah Priest and 9th Prince were in town to perform with Gza and could still make it over. Too late to really do their own full set, Damian from Fucked Up was more than happy to let the two rappers on stage a few minutes into Fucked Up's set (with Fucked Up as their backing band). Paying tribute to ODB, the mini surprise performance was great and quickly made me forget that we had to tell a packed house that one of the headliners wasn't playing after all. Check out a video clip from it below.

In other cancellation news, Human Eye still lists four Austin shows on his MySpace, but I'm told they are all cancelled including the one scheduled for the BrooklynVegan Anso Presents show happening at Spider House Cafe today (3/18). Turbo Fruits will take their place. See you there at noon!

When you have 91 bands playing shows at a festival as hectic as SXSW (and that doesn't count Monday's NYC gig where we had five four more), I guess cancellations are somewhat to be expected. And there's more. I found out this morning that Beast didn't make it out of Canada. The good news? Crystal Antlers, who we also hosted two CMJs in a row, will take their place on our BV/M For Montreal bill.

Not done yet. Tee Pee band Nebula broke up, thus changing their plan to head to Austin to play five shows. Naturally one of those shows was a BV (Attitude Adjustment at Red 7). Replacement still TBA, and assuming the break up sticks, full tour (March 27th at Pianos included) cancellation still TBA too

Get to BrooklynVegan.com/SXSW to see our entire schedule. Killah Priest video below...

Continue reading "Gza got stuck in the airport, Killah Priest played (video), Human Eye cancelled, Beast stuck at border, Nebula broke up "

Lets Wrestle

Super frustrating - we just got word that Let's Wrestle are no longer making it to the United States today (they didn't get their visas in time, but will still make it to SXSW). I'm really sorry about this. We do have free PBR from 7-9 though and are working on a replacement. Maybe The Smirking Worm is still in town. :/
(stay tuned) (and tickets are still on sale)

WhoMadeWho on at 10 instead of midnight. No more bands being added.

"Guillemots frontman Fyfe Dangerfield forced to cancel January US solo tour due to Visa issues."

Bad Lieutenant

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Though nothing official has been announced by the band yet, I'm told it was due to visa issues which means their whole tour (aka 4 shows) must be cancelled. They were supposed to be opening for the Pixies at Hammerstein Ballroom and in Chicago.

This news comes exactly a week after we found out that fellow UK band Echo & The Bunnymen were cancelling their upcoming trip to the United States, though visas weren't blamed like they were for Speech Debelle and First Aid Kit in October. The Rakes cancelled their tour because they broke up. Charlatans blamed an injury.

All dates BL were supposed to play, below...

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Speech Debelle

According to her agent, "Speech Debelle is canceling all of her US appearances for October. Visa laws have just recently changed and delayed a few of our artists from getting their visas this Fall." One of the other artists they're referring to is First Aid Kit.

This feels especially bad because Speech was scheduled to go on at noon (first on the bill) at the sort-of-still-unannounced BrooklynVegan day party happening during CMJ at Pianos on Thursday, October 22nd. Oh well.

Speech, who just won the Mercury Prize, was also scheduled to play a CMJ show at Glasslands, one at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a day party at Cake Shop, and a show at Santos Party House. After CMJ she was going to be in LA. bummer.

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First Aid Kit

Swedish band First Aid Kit were set to make their U.S. debut at CMJ this year. They had a show scheduled at Joe's Pub, were set to open for School of Seven Bells and The xx at Webster Hall Music Hall of Williamsburg, and play the MusicSnobbery CMJ showcase at Living Room. Luckily, MusicSnobbery got Sissy Wish to replace them on his show.

The cancelation, due to visa issues (the U.S. wouldn't let them in) was just announced, though they seem to allude to it in a message they posted on their website on Septeber 23rd. Maybe they were fighting it. That message and a video below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Basia Bulat

It's with heavy heart that I send this news.
Tomorrow's Bell House show with Basia has
been cancelled due to visa issues :(
Basia fan Chris La Putt is especially upset about this, and reminded me that maybe now would be a good time to finally post those pictures he took of her on September 19, 2008 at Highline Ballroom. So here they are...

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T.V. Smith (born Tim Smith, 5 April 1956, in Romford, Essex, England) is a British punk rock singer songwriter, who was part of the band The Adverts in the late 1970s. Since then, he has played with other bands, as well as pursuing solo work. - Wikipedia

TV Smith

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - US Tour problems
I'm sorry to have to report that due to problems with US immigration I'm unable to come over for the tour with Jay Reatard due to start today. Despite having my visa approved, delays at the US embassy in London mean it couldn't be ratified in time. I've had quite a lot of feedback from people looking forward to seeing me, so I'm bitterly disappointed to miss the gigs in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and my first ever Canadian gigs in Toronto and Montreal. I hope to come back soon and play for you. The good new is, the way things are looking I'll be seeing the embassy next week and hope to rejoin the tour in Brooklyn on the 2nd July. Keep your fingers crossed...!
Best wishes,


Wednesday, July 01, 2009 - US Tour back on
....five hours to go before I need to leave for the airport for my re-booked flight to the USA, and my passport and approved visa are couriered back to me from the US embassy. Talk about a cliffhanger! So, the good news is I'm able to join the Jay Reatard tour from the Brooklyn date on July 2nd onwards. Hope to see some of you there!

Those messages are from TV Smith, who though cutting it close, is still scheduled to appear Thursday night (7/2) at Music Hall of Williamasburg with Jay Reatard and Screaming Females (tickets). From there he'll stay on the road with Jay though Saturday, July 11th when they play Proud Larry's in Oxford, MS (home of Fat Possum Records).

TV was supposed to play some earlier dates on Jay's tour, but those obviously didn't happen. And TV was scheduled to play Mercury Lounge tonight (7/1, no longer happening) while Jay plays his free show in Stuyvesant Town (still happening, though maybe in the rain?). All TV Smith dates and some videos below...

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"The situation with MARDUK not having performed during the first week of Blackenedfest is due to vocalist Mortuus not having received his visa yet. Note, it is not a "denied" visa. The band filed for a P-1 non-immigrant work visa, which is required for a band to play in the states. The visa was approved by the United States Government's Homeland Security Office. Furthermore, as required, the band members each individually went to their Visa appointments at the US Embassy in Stockholm for the standard interview, at which point the persons handling the band's applications informed the band that there was no further action needed and that they should expect their passports in the mail with the P-1 visa attached. Everyone in the band received theirs except Mortuus. The day before tour, while the rest of the band were at the airport awaiting to board their flights to the US, Mortuus returned to the embassy to inquire as to the location of his passport. At this point, he was informed that he was missing one document in order to finalize the visa. No one in the band, nor the label, was made aware of this missing form. After we were made aware of this missing document, we provided the document to the Embassy in Stockholm and we are currently awaiting each day for the Passport to be returned to Mortuus with the visa stamp. The Embassy is aware of the urgency of this matter and we expect the band to join the tour in progress any day now. We are hope to announce the arrival of the band soon." -MARDUK
Pictures of the bands that did play the Irving Plaza show (Mayhem, etc), and all tour dates HERE.

As Reuters blogged...

Yusuf IslamYusuf Islam, the British folk singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, has largely shunned the pop-music grind since he converted to Islam in the 1977 and devoted his life to his family and his faith.

But he is starting to dip his [balls in it!] toe back in the waters, releasing his first mainstream album in almost 30 years in 2006 and playing his first concert in 28 years in 2007. He returns to stores next week with a new album, "Roadsinger," and will play a handful of intimate shows around the world to promote the release.

First up is a May 3 stop at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, followed by show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Each venue holds about 700 people.

Islam, now 60, last toured in 1976. After converting to Islam, he slowly withdrew from his pop-star life, and finally hung up his guitar after a London show in 1979.
That WAS true, but due to "paperwork" issues, Yusuf won't be able to make into the country in time (he lives in London). No word on whether this was just poor planning, or (a conspiracy theory...) related to the government giving him a hard time for his religious beliefs. The show will probably/hopefully be rescheduled though. Stay tuned.

A video documentary below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Ida Maria @ Union Hall (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Ida Maria

I wanted to re-release my album, the way I wanted it to be.

I have designed the artwork, added three new songs, and changed the track listing.

Now it sounds, looks and feels like I want it to feel, and I am so excited again.

Ida mariaThe story behind this cover is a story similar to a homebaked applecake.

You take what you have in your kitchen and experiment a little and hold tumbs that no one will notice you kinda forgot the recipe.

And then it turns out tasting good as hell and nobody can ever make it again.

My drummer Olle is a photographer (!) and has shot the genius cover photo in his apartment in Stockholm, with use of just the light that was there. Lamps in the livingroom, and pocket flashlight.

The cover art is designed by my friend Jon Edergren. -[Ida Maria's Myspace blog]

Fortress Round My Heart, Ida Maria's 2008 debut, is coming out in the US, digitally on March 24th and on CD, April 14th, on Universal's Mercury Records. The US release will sport a new cover and re-arranged track list, but won't include the bonus tracks described above (though new song "In the End" will replace previous closer "See Me Through").

Ida Maria is one of the many scheduled to be at SXSW this week. She was/is supposed to play KCRW's Showcase at Buffalo Billiards, a show at Maggie Mae's , and is on the bill of Perez Hilton's "One Night in Austin" party on Saturday.
"One Night in Austin" will feature Yelle, Solange, Lady Sovereign, Margaret Cho, Ladyhawke, Little Boots, Ida Maria and Thunderheist, plus "a very special Surprise Musical Performance." No word on who: "Not Tori Amos [but] one of our FAVORITEST acts of all time!!!!!!" [RSVP for the party].
UPDATE: Ida Maria never made it to her official SXSW showcases...
I don't think Ida Maria played either Maggie Mae's or Buffalo Billiards. I wanted to see her play while I am down here, but both nights, she was removed from the official sxsw.com website. She was replaced with Zee Avi on wednesday and with Val Emmich yesterday. I hope she actually plays the perez show. Looking forward to seeing her at MHOW regardless" [Ashok]
EW confirms that, "...Zee Avi, a tiny girl with a warm smile filled the lonesome last spot at the KCRW showcase on Wednesday night. It was huge opportunity for the newcomer -- her self-titled debut will be out May 19 -- filling in for Norwegian rocker chick/hype magnet Ida Maria, who was reportedly stuck in U.S. customs."

After the festival (if she makes it at all), Ida Maria is touring with Glasvegas through March, including a March 28th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (on sale ) and a March 30th one at Webster Hall (on sale). Ida Maria also has a scheduled appearance at Coachella Festival on April 18th.

Ladyhawke visits NYC after SXSW. Little Boots was here in February.

All Ida Maria tour dates and the "Oh My God" video below...

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"I have survived the interrogation of Atlanta's Immigration officials and Myrtle Beach shall have me tonite (Friday), and the world from then onwards ... if the world can take it. One of the many penalties of being human is that tours often take a military push to start, well, all of our answers will be in our songs tomorrow night. The bloodbath starts at 7.30. Life is testing you out. Be ready for anything." -Morrissey
Morrissey already had to cancel the first four dates of the tour - all Florida shows - due to trouble getting in the country "due to illness". The whole tour is listed HERE.


Glasvegas were set to kick off their North American tour in Boston tonight (9/29), but then this letter was sent to ticket holders...

We regret to inform you that the Glasvegas show scheduled for this evening has to be canceled. James Allan has run into visa issues in the UK and won't be able to get to America in time for the show. We're bummed too. Refunds will be available via the good folks at ticketweb. There's talk of an early January reschedule date so stay tuned.
At the moment Glasvegas is still scheduled to open for Echo & the Bunnymen at Radio City on Wednesday and then play a sold out show at Mercury Lounge three days later with Angela McCluskey and Wild Light (thx Chris).

Sam SparroIt appears that Sam Sparro's September tour has been cancelled. According to Music Hall of Williamsburg where he was supposed to play on September 17th,

"This show has been canceled due to visa issues. Refunds available at point of purchase"
None of the other tour dates appear on Sam's MySpace anymore either. "Visa issues" is the same reason he gave last time he cancelled shows. Maybe he's not an American citizen... I have no idea. According to b news,
Sparro's own story is an intriguing, cross-continental tale. Born in Sydney, he lived here until the age of 10. In the 15 years since then, he's jumped between LA, Australia and London.

"I've moved around a lot, so I do feel more of a citizen of the world than of any particular nationality," he says.

Maybe the world won't let him play.

He also cancelled his appearance at this weekend's V Festival in the UK. I wonder if that was visa issues too.

Boy George

"I'm pretty devastated because I am so excited about this forthcoming tour and having my visa application denied seems unfair after I swept the streets of New York spotless. There are a number of public figures who are openly using drugs and they have no problem with immigration and I have seriously turned my life around and I feel great right now and this is just another reminder of how bad things were. I committed a crime and I happily paid the consequences and I should be allowed to move on and get on with what I do best and that is performing and making people people dance and cry!" [Boy George to Paper Magazine]
It's unclear whether this means they've already cancelled the upcoming tour that includes a free show for NYC sanitation workers.

Paper also posted a song Boy George wrote for Obama. All tour dates below...

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