Chthonic frontman Freddy Lim was apparently unable to get a visa to enter Hong Kong because he did not “possess a special skill, knowledge or experience of value.” As a result, the band were forced to cancel their performance at the On The Pulse Of music festival. Many believe the rejection could have been politically motivated considering Lim, who was elected as a member of the Taiwanese parliament in 2016, and his political party, the New Power Party (NPP), are calling for Taiwan to be recognized internationally as a country.
Local musician Denise Ho, who invited the group to play at the festival, had the following to say:
“So if you do not possess skills, knowledge or experience that does not exist in Hong Kong you can’t expect to get a visa. Foreigners better start practicing special abilities like invisibility, shadow cloning and teleportation before they apply for a work visa. This is purely an exchange of music. What to be afraid of?”
Chthonic previously performed in Hong Kong at the Clockenflap festival four years ago and mockingly questioned what changed since then:
“Freddy, what special ability did you use during past performances in Hong Kong, but can’t use anymore? Please help us remember what he lost besides his eight-pack!”
Despite all of this, the band decided to live stream a performance for their Hong Kong fans: