Sunburn Festival is scheduled to kick of today and last through December 31, but it hit some bumps before it even began. For starters, Krewella, who were scheduled to perform on December 29, weren’t able to make it into the country.
The pair, made up of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, shared a message on social media explaining the situation.
“It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that due to our Pakistani heritage, our visas have been repeatedly denied and we will not be able to enter your country for Sunburn Festival,” the duo’s message reads. “Our team tried every avenue possible but no have reached the end. We are so heartbroken since we were looking forward to being reunited with our Desi Krew. We hope the state of affairs between the two countries can be resolved someday.”
Things can always get sticky with visas, but this seems more than a little ridiculous considering Krewella was already invited to perform there and played in India twice in 2016.
On an even bigger scale, Sunburn had its festival license held for ransom since they had failed to pay police for security. However, Sunburn’s CEO claimed the government actually owed money to Percept Ltd., the production company sponsoring the festival. It’s not clear how this all resolved, but as far as we know, the festival is still on.
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