Snoop Dogg Banned from "Open and Friendly" Dutch Music Festival

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NEW YORK (CBS) Looks like rapper Snoop Dogg's an un-wanted man in one Dutch town.

Snoop Dogg was dropped from the lineup of the free, Parkpop festival in The Hague after the town's authorities (including the mayor) banned him from performing in an effort to ensure the "open and friendly character" of the concert. Snoop is reportedly "astonished" by the ban.

In a statement, the rapper's management wrote: "There's been much speculation that, given the enormous response by Snoop's fans to the free festival, the local authorities would not be able to provide sufficient security."

"Snoop is a mainstay at music festivals all over the world and has performed at all of these without incident," says Snoop's publicist.

The statement also said that Snoop Dogg was scheduled to perform at other concerts in the Netherlands including Groningen, Melkweg and Tilburg.

The 38-year-old rapper is no stranger to being banned overseas.

According to MTV.com, authorities in Australia barred Snoop from entering the country in 2007 after he had pleaded no contest to gun and drug charages in the U.S. The immigration minister said in a local radio interview: "He doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country."

  • Devon Thomas

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