Earlier today, Felix Walworth, a member of the bands Told Slant, Eskimeaux, and Bellows, took to Twitter to share a portion of the contract they claim to have received to perform at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The language is pretty severe and has more than a few people raising their eyebrows.
The excerpt warns participants of the ramifications of performing in a capacity outside of the official SXSW showcase. The consequences for international acts are especially severe, with the festival claiming they will reach out to U.S. immigration authorities if their policies are not followed.
“SXSW will notify the appropriate U.S. immigration authorities of the above actions. International Artists entering the country through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), B visa or any non-work visa may not perform at any public or non-sanctioned SXSW Music Festival DAY OR NIGHT shows in Austin from March 13-19, 2017. Accepting and performing unofficial events may result in the immediate deportation, revoked passport and and denied entry by US Customs Border Patrol at US ports of entry.”