Bjork’s representatives have slammed the organiser of Serbian music festival Exit for denying claims the singer was dropped from the line-up for her views on Kosovo.
The Icelandic star was due to perform at Exit in Novi Sad in July (08), but organisers cancelled her appearance shortly after it was reported she had dedicated a track called Declare Independence to the Balkan state of Kosovo at a Tokyo show.
Organiser Bojan Boscovic recently denied speculation her comments regarding Kosovo was to blame for her pulled gig, insisting Exit has "never cancelled any artist’s performance because of their political point-of-view or statements."
But Bjork’s management have hit back at Boscovic, claiming he warned in their email correspondence that he would cancel the show if the singer had any intention of repeating her controversial comments at the festival.
The statement reads: "Bojan Boscovic, General Manager of the Exit Festival in Serbia, said in an email to Bjork’s representatives, that, quote: ‘We hope Bjork does not relate to Kosovo on other concerts here in Europe, nor in her interviews, because if she does we need to cancel the concert; if this happens, we may as well look for some other artist, or see what is available.’
"The coverage of dedicating her song ‘Declare Independence’ to Kosovo at two recent shows in Japan was so widely covered in print and online media that the festival had no option but to cancel her performance. We will replace this event with another show in due course."
Kosovo recently broke away from Serbian rule after years of turmoil in the region, but Serbia has refused to acknowledge the state’s declaration of independence.
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