Kompakt Records boss Michael Mayer pulled out of America’s Movement Festival at the 11th hour last week, after falling foul of US visa bureaucracy.
The hugely popular tech house star explained what happened in a statement published on Kompakt’s blog
"Dear friends, I’m very saddened and disappointed having to cancel all my scheduled gigs in the USA. Despite having applied for a new work visa well in time the authorities didn't come through. I really hope these ongoing difficulties i have entering your country will soon come to an end. Hope to see you soon!" he said.
As announced via the promoters involved, Michael Mayer will not be appearing this week for his scheduled dates in Washington DC, New York and Detroit for Movement Festival,” a Kompakt publicist confirmed.
“Our lawyers have made countless attempts to work with the Consulate and US Immigration to no avail. We hope this situation shall be eventually rectified and plan on rescheduling dates as soon as possible.” (http://bit.ly/KoOAh6 )
His experiences matched those of French superstar DJ Laurent Garnier who in 2004 briefly boycotted the States after taking exception to the levels of personal information officials required. Chatting to Skrufff last year he remained less than impressed with their attitude and demeanour.
“The big winners for rudeness are still United States customs and Immigration, they definitely win the gold medal,” said Laurent. “The better your visa will be on your passport, the more they will screw with your head.”