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ProgPower USA Announces Persefone Dropped From Bill, Unleash The Archers To Replace

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ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Andorra's Persefone is the latest band to be cancelled from the 2015 roster, in part due to visa issues. The USCIS has reared its ugly head causing the most issues since 2009 for the annual festival.

Harveston explains: "Unfortunately, this situation is not a simple as the Morgana Lefay cancellation, although the visa process is once again at the root of things. It is no secret now the USCIS center in Vermont is running 4-6 weeks behind their normal schedule assuming there is no RFE (request for evidence). We technically still have three weeks we can wait to receive these visas and then schedule the mandatory interviews. However, Persefone booked a European tour in June with the assumption they would have completed the interviews prior to kicking off their tour. They cannot complete any interviews while on tour. I requested they wait until after the tour and then complete the interviews as there was still possibly time. I was informed the day job of one of the band members prevents him from traveling to Madrid during that time frame, especially with no specific date to schedule currently. Thus, I am left with no choice but to cancel the band now.

"I know these types of explanations are frustrating to you, the fans. There is simply nothing that can be done. In the immortal words of the great American poet, Jimmy Buffett, 'Breathe in..Breathe Out..Move On.' Please know that there is no animosity between the band and myself. I truly understand and empathize with their situation. I wish the band nothing but the best and will continue to support them in the future."

Within hours of the announcement, Canada's Unleash the Archers was added to the bill. The latest roster list is as follows:

The revised lineup for the full weekend is:

Wednesday, September 9th - "Mid-Week Mayhem" (@ The Loft in Center Stage):

Voyager (AUS)
Ashes of Ares (replacing While Heaven Wept)
Halcyon Way

Thursday, September 10th - "Kick-Off Show" (@ Center Stage):

Saxon (replacing D.C. Cooper)
Armored Saint (replacing D.C. Cooper)

Friday, September 11th - "ProgPower USA, Day 1" (@ Center Stage):

Voyager (AUS)
Jeff Scott Soto (exclusive 30th Anniversary Show) (replacing Morgana Lefay)
Native Construct (replacing Anubis Gate)

Saturday, September 12th - "ProgPower USA, Day 2" (@ Center Stage):

Angra (Performing "Holy Land" in its entirety)
Royal Hunt (Performing "Paradox" in its entirety)
Dynazty (Performing "Renatus" in its entirety)
Unleash the Archers (replacing Persefone)

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