M.I.A. Cancels Her Sasquatch! Appearance
Tue, 22 May 2007 14:23:03
M.I.A. has been denied entry to the United States for a performance at the Sasquatch Festival in George, Washington on May 26. This isn't the first time the electronica performer has fallen victim to bureaucratic red tape: Maya Arulpragasam was also denied a visa around the same time last year. A statement on the Sasquatch! website says, "Unexpected delays in the processing and issuance of M.I.A.'s artist visa have forced her to cancel her appearance at this year's Sasquatch Festival. We apologize to our fans and to the promoters of the festival and look forward to returning to the U.S. as soon as possible."
In the Sri Lankan singer's place, Seattle indie rockers the Long Winters have been added to the Sasquatch lineup—a move sure to please, well, hardly any M.I.A. fans, but lots of fans of the Long Winters' catchy jangle pop.
M.I.A. releases Kala, the follow-up to 2005's Arular on August 21 via Interscope Records. It's unknown whether she will finally obtain a visa for her series of live performances later in the summer at Lollapalooza and the Virgin Festival.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff