Snoop Dogg ‘astonished’ By Dutch Festival Ban

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June 20, 2010 | 6:30pm EST

Rap superstar Snoop Dogg is “astonished” by Dutch officials’ decision to ban him from an upcoming music festival after city authorities declared he was not welcome in the area.
The Beautiful hitmaker, who has a history of legal problems, was due to headline the free open-air Parkpop event in The Hague later this month, along with singer/actress Juliette Lewis and German pop star Nena.

But Snoop’s slot was scrapped on Thursday after city authorities objected to the rapper’s involvement in the festival, insisting his concert was cancelled “in order to preserve the free, open and friendly nature of Parkpop”.

And the shock move has left the hip-hop star stunned.

In a statement released by his representatives at record label EMI, they say, “Snoop Dogg is astonished by the decision of the Mayor of The Hague. (He) is a mainstay at music festivals all over the world and has performed at all of these without incident.”

The ruling in the Netherlands isn’t the first immigration trouble Snoop has experienced. He only recently gained permission to return to the U.K. following a fracas at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2006, which led to his arrest.

British border officials labelled him a threat, citing his prior drug and firearms offenses, but the star challenged the ruling in court and the ban was lifted earlier this year, allowing him to headline the legendary Glastonbury festival this summer.