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Buzzcocks, Futureheads, British Sea Power banned from Beijing festival

Modern Sky Festival drops all foreign bands from bill

Buzzcocks, The Futureheads, British Sea Power and Radio 4 are among the bands who have been stopped from playing the Beijing Modern Sky Festival bill, as all foreign acts have been dropped from the event’s line-up.

The festival is still set to go ahead on October 4-7 at Chaoyang Park in the Chinese capital, with Chinese acts set to play. The (International) Noise Conspiracy and Australian band Regurgetator[ were also among the 14 acts dropped.

No reason was given for the cancellations. A statement posted on the festival’s official website, Festival.modernsky.com, explained that “unforeseen circumstances” had caused the decision.

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Earlier this year Oasis were banned from playing live in China by the country’s government, reportedly due to Noel Gallagher‘s participation in a Free Tibet concert in 1997.

Last year the Chinese government announced that it would be cracking down on foreign bands trying to play in the country after Bjork made a vocal show of support for freeing Tibet during a Chinese gig.

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