Mainland China is one of those territories in which all media is heavily controlled by the government. The rigid censorship laws have definitely affected the growth of our music, even though there are thousands of Heavy Music fans in all of China's territories.
Yesterday (February 26), CRADLE OF FILTH were forced to cancel their upcoming tour because of "The Cultural Section of the Chinese Government have decided that COF are unsuitable to play in Mainland China", stated the band. "We are currently banned from playing there. Therefore the show on Tue 30 April in Shang Hai, China - MAO Live House has had to be moved to Hong Kong. The new venue is Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre (KITEC) in Hong Kong on April 30th 2013."
It has just been announced by TESTAMENT that they won't be able to perform in China and Taiwan after their Visa's were denied. A statement from the band follows:
"To all our friends in China and Taiwan:
"It is with regret that we must inform you of the cancellation of our performances in Shanghai and Taipei until further notice due to visa issues beyond the control of the band or promoter. Fans in the Asian Pacific region are encouraged to come visit us at our shows in Japan. As we had a terrific experience performing in China and Taiwan in 2007, we eagerly await the resolution of the visa issues and hope to visit again very soon.
"Thanks for your understanding and your undying support."
It is pretty sad when the government dictates the type of entertainment the citizens can or cannot have access to.
Cradle Of Filth