Darius Syrossian has canceled his appearance at his show in San Francisco at Halcyon nightclub in San Francisco on February 18th due to the implications possibly imposed on him due to the new immigration ban. Although the UK-based artist holds UK citizenship, he was born in Tehran and possibly may have difficulty entering the country. Even with the temporary ban, the risk of booking and then having to cancel shows has become too much of a risk.
Syrossian explains his cancellation in a press release-
"Although I am a British Citizen, passport holder, and the holder of a US work permit, I was born in Tehran. Due to the current changing rules surrounding entry allowances, my travel may be subject to serious problems when I arrive in the USA. As such I cannot commit to any bookings in America during this time.
Music is something that brings people of all races and cultures together. To me it’s about love for one and all. I am not going to let this put me off travelling to America. Do Not Sleep at Halcyon SF on Saturday 18th February will continue as planned, with my man Carlo Lio taking the reins and doing an almighty 5 hour b2b set with Nathan Barato, all night long. These boys are a huge part of the DNS family and I encourage everyone to go and support this event. Do not let these new restrictions ruin our right to have a great party! The 'orange turnip’ will not be able to stop me. I’ll be back, so see you in Miami and for rescheduled dates later in the year. Music conquers all!"
The event itself will still go as planned and will feature Nathan Barato and Carlo Lio for a special 5-hour set. The ban is now beginning to seep into the underground music industry, and is forcing nightlife to confront the realities of our new administration. More details are sure to arise, and we hope to see him back in the US for Miami and beyond.
Tickets and more information about the inaugural DNS event can be found here.