ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Greek power/progressive act Sunburst was dropped from the XVIII roster, due to a VISA issues, in which a particular USCIS agent made an unusual and specific “all-encompassing” request for evidence that was impossible to satisfy in the time left. Harveston also announced that Brazil’s Daydream XI will replace Sunburst.
Harveston posted the following announcement: “It is with extreme frustration and disappointment I must announce that Sunburst (Greece) will not be performing at ProgPower USA XVIII. Despite having provided the same type and kind of evidence that has obtained approvals for not only ProgPower USA bands over the last decade, but for well over one hundred other bands submitted by Marc/Play America, one agent at the USCIS (United States Customs & Immigration Services) has deemed our evidence insufficient. Given the all-encompassing breadth of that specific agent’s demands (more than ever have been seen by either Marc or myself) in an RFE (Request for Evidence) in our careers, there is literally no hope of satisfying those demands. Sunburst, Marc, & I have all agreed it would be pointless to continue to fight this hopeless battle.
“Rest assured I have every intention of having Sunburst back as soon as possible. They are an amazing band and deserve to be on the ProgPower USA stage. The band is understandably disappointed, but also understand the circumstances cannot be helped.
“I want to calm the fears of those concerned about other bands performing this year. I have already obtained visa approvals for all bands I am specifically responsible for performing on Friday and Saturday. Sunburst was the last band we were waiting on for visa approval. All bands that have been submitted for Wednesday and Thursday so far have also been approved.
“Also, so as to hopefully avoid any perceived political blame for this unfortunate situation, both myself and Play America see the Sunburst RFE as an aberration. As mentioned, all bands that have been submitted for the festival so far have received approvals. We have received numerous RFEs for bands over the years and have always fought them successfully. An RFE here and there is not unusual. It is the scope of Sunburst’s RFE that is unusual. It is one agent. Maybe that agent is new; maybe that agent had an ‘off day’; maybe that agent hates rock/metal; or maybe that agent simply interprets the requirements different from all the other agents. Whatever the case, we do not see this RFE as a trend or result of some new immigration policy, practice or procedure.”
Harveston announced that Brazil’s Daydream XI would be the replacement, stating: “I am pleased to announce Brazil’s Daydream XI have joined the ProgPower USA XVIII roster. After receiving the opportunity to preview their new upcoming concept album, “The Circus of the Tattered & Torn,” the decision was very easy. The band has simply taken it to another level with release.
“Daydream XI has graciously uploaded two tracks for the ProgPower USA audience to preview from the new disc. These will only be available this week [check them out in the player below) to serve as an introduction as to what is to come.
“Please join me in welcoming the band to the ProgPower USA family.”
Check out new Daydream XI material from the forthcoming new album “The Circus Of The Tattered And Torn” for a limited time this week:
ProgPower USA XVIII takes place from September 6-9, 2017 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA. Tickets for Days 3-4 were sold out quickly after going on sale late last year. Tickets for Days 1-2 are still available via Ticketmaster. The revised running order is:
Day 1: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Power Quest (UK)
Orphaned Land (ISR)
Haken (U.K.) (Headliner) (Performing “Visions” in full)
Day 2: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Next to None (USA)
Twilight Force (SWE)
Vanden Plas (GER)
Between the Buried and Me (USA)
Metal Church (USA) (Headliner)
Day 3 – Friday, September 8, 2017
Daydream XI (BRA)
Distorted Harmony (ISR)
Lords Of Black (SPA)
Angel Dust (GER)
Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress (Headliner) (USA)
Day 4 – Saturday, September 9, 2017
Snowy Shaw (SWE)
Katatonia (Headliner) (SWE)