Thursday, March 24, 2011

US visa problems

It's not just Fat Freddy's Drop who are facing major hurdles with getting work visas for the US (see earlier post on this).

They recently had to cancel their planned US tour, including their appearance at the prestigious Coachella Festival, in part due to the high costs around getting a work visa for the US.

The Guardian reports that British musicians are having similar problems.  See "Behind the music: the red tape that stops UK bands playing SXSW"... more than 140 UK acts performed at this year's SXSW music and media conference in Austin, Texas, one of the most highly regarded events in the US music industry calendar. But some of the acts scheduled to perform at the festival were forced to withdraw due to complicated and prohibitive visa procedures.

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