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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

M.I.A. Cancels Sasquatch Appearance

posted by on May 22 at 10:39 AM

According to the Sasquatch website, M.I.A. has had to cancel her appearance at the festival due to visa issues. What a bummer. Two out of the three times she’s set to perform for the Seattle audience, she’s had this problem. Is she a sound terrorist or something?

Looks like the Long Winters have been added in her place.

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Posted by Eric Grandy | May 22, 2007 10:47 AM

what sort of replacement is that? the long winters for MIA? THIS TOTALLY SUCKKKKKKKSSSSSSSSSS!

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Posted by Jessica | May 22, 2007 11:17 AM

Fuck the Long Winters. If their blend of cocky, yet safe sof-rock is your bag then you are part of the problem. And by problem I mean sexually frustrated, single, 30-something, KEXP listeners.


M>I>A> is not a terrorist. Depending on what your definition of terrorist is the Tamil Tigers are either freedom fighters or terrorists.

Take your pick.

Long Winters are neither.

Posted by Bombs Away | May 22, 2007 11:20 AM

is it just me, or is this "visa problem" bullshit happening more and more frequently to bands from outside the country?

Posted by jz | May 22, 2007 11:24 AM

It's totally not just you. I wish we could do something about it. Gawd, it's so frustrating, especially because they always seem to find out days before you were supposed to see a show. Like, does MIA show up at the airport and then they don't let her in?

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Posted by Scottie | May 22, 2007 12:43 PM

The same thing that happened to two members of CocoRosie's band several days ago. Except they were deported.

Posted by Nick | May 22, 2007 2:19 PM

crap crap crapcrapcrap! THIS BLOWS!!!!!!

five dollars says my girlfriend cries because of this. LAME!

Posted by drew | May 22, 2007 4:15 PM

Of all the Seattle/Portland/Olympia bands they had to replace MIA with a exceedingly crappy one like The Long Winters. *LAME!!*

Posted by Long Duck | May 22, 2007 4:24 PM

Wow. so much hatred for the long winters.
@4 - you need to check yourself. What's with the hating on people with sexual frustration? I have no idea what your personal life is like, but I do know this, sexual frustration is usually a good catalyst for interesting art. Also @4, I'm surprised that you think having an independant, eclectic local radio station (KEXP) is a problem. It is not an indie-rock conspiracy, but just a festival scrambling at the last minute to fill a recently vacated spot.
@4 - you are a tool. Get real.

Posted by Eric | May 22, 2007 4:49 PM


I am wondering if her visa problem is because she sings about the PLO in one of her songs.

Were The Thermals supposed to play as well? Wonder what happened to them.

quick, someone update here wiki to include the canceled washington shows.

Posted by Simon | May 22, 2007 5:00 PM

this is just ridiculous. mia's appearance no doubt played a pretty big part in many people's decision about whether to attend or not. and now, just days before the show, they drop this on us? if i weren't such a die-hard bjork fan, there's absolutely no way saturday is worth its nearly $80 price.

Posted by mirror | May 22, 2007 6:07 PM

If John wasn't such a nice dude I would cry "lame. " However replacing m.i.a. with long winters does kinda suck and a huge bummer . Just move on.
Big music festivals blow anyway.

Posted by biggie j guitar player for amplified rock outfit SSS | May 22, 2007 6:12 PM

I don't listen to KEXP but I am 24 and LOVE the Long Winters and they are great live. I could really care less about Sas or MIA this year though.

Posted by Maia | May 22, 2007 8:39 PM

Booooooo... MIA was about 20% of the reason I was going so this. The Long Winters kind of suck ass. MIA is a much more lively act and I was really looking forward to her energy to liven up everyone. The Long Winters are going to be a long bore and put me to sleep like most of the soft indy trendy stuff this year. Bombs away is right in his post. The fact is that all of the KEXP djs and a lot of the listeners ARE 30-40 something and forgot how to have fun or energy. They play the same music all day and night that I use to fall asleep........snoore.........

Posted by Yetti | May 25, 2007 1:01 PM

I flew from LA to see M.I.A. I don't buy this Visa butshit because she has had Visa issues since 2003. She is a great artist and the promoter is taking the $ to the bank while leaving a shitty group as a replacement. You got to love this capitalizim....

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