Misery Index Comments On Canceled Mexico Festival
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Misery Index has issued the following statement about canceling their appearance at the Mezcal Metalfest in Mexico:
"Hello all! Instead of being in Mexico City to play the Mezcal Metalfest on Sunday, we are sitting here in Baltimore wondering why the festival organizers did not follow through with their agreements. Way back in May when we accepted the invitation to play the show we asked them to apply for work visas for us so we can enter the country legally and perform at the show. In our experience, when traveling to many destinations outside the US, work visas are a basic requirement. Promoters routinely have to get them so the bands they invite will be able to pass through Immigration without any issues. Having been to Canada, the UK, Russia, Japan, etc., we are very familiar with the visa process and have no desire to run afoul of the local authorities.
"As working foreign nationals attempting to enter Mexico illegally as tourists (as the Mezcal Metalfest Organizers requested), we would face hefty fines, jail, or being flagged to never enter the country again. It's obvious when you arrive with guitars, merchandise, and other equipment that you are not just on vacation. With the ease of finding information on a band's activities via the internet, we don't like taking chances by trying to fool the Immigration authorities. However, after assuring us many times over the past few weeks that the necessary paperwork would be taken care of, the promoter failed to take any action on the visas (as described here). Yet, he still expected us to enter Mexico illegally as 'tourists.'
"We all love playing the Metal, but when we are expected to take risks due to a promoter's negligence, we are left with no choice but to make the unfortunate decision to cancel the show in question. Such is the case with the Mezcal Metalfest. We are very unhappy to have to pass up this opportunity to travel to Mexico City and play the gig. Apologies to everyone who had expected to see us there and we hope to finally get the chance to play there at some point in the future. Thanks for your understanding. Cheers!"
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