Bob Dylan banned from playing China tour

Chinese government refuses Dylan entry to the country

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Bob Dylan has been refused permission to play a tour in China.

Dylan was due to play in Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong this month, but his promoter, Brokers Brothers Herald, have now confirmed that he has been blocked by the Chinese government from performing in the country.

China’s Ministry Of Culture did not give us permission to stage concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, so we had no alternative to scrap plans for a South East Asian tour,” Jeffrey Wu, the promoter’s head of operations, told the South China Morning Post.

“The chance to play in China was the main attraction for him [Dylan]. When that fell through, everything else was called off.”

Bjork stirred up tensions when she performed ‘Declare Independence’ during a gig in Shanghai two years ago, while Oasis were also banned from performing in China last year due to them having links with the ‘Free Tibet’ campaign.

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