Björk management : Kosovo WAS behind Exit festival row

NME, 4 mars 2008

Representatives reject organisers’ claims over ‘cancelled’ show

Representatives of Björk have insisted that the singer was forced out of Serbian festival EXIT due to her views on Kosovo.

The singer claimed she was dropped from the July event because of what she said onstage recently in Tokyo in support of the region gaining its impendence.

EXIT’s organiser Bojan Boscovic then issued a statement denying that the singer had been not dropped for her views, or that Björk had ever been cancelled.

However Björk’s management have issued the following statement to NME.COM claiming that they were told politics was the reason she would not be allowed to play, and said that the festival had cancelled her performance.

The statement reads as follows :

“Bojan Boscovic, General Manager of the Exit Festival in Serbia, said in an email to Björk’s representatives, that, quote : ‘We hope Björk does not relate to Kosovo on other concerts here in Europe, nor in her interviews, because if she does we need to cancel the concert ; if this happens, we may as well look for some other artist, or see what is available’.”

Her management added : “The coverage of dedicating her song ’Declare Independence’ to Kosovo at two recent shows in Japan was so widely covered in print and online media that the festival had no option but to cancel her performance. We will replace this event with another show in due course.”

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