Snoop Dogg pulled from Netherlands fest

Officials prefer a 'friendly character' to play Parkpop June 27

NEW YORK -- Snoop Dogg spent several years fighting for his right to party in Britain. But the hip-hop star now finds himself not welcome in the Netherlands, where authorities had him removed from the lineup of a free concert planned for June 27, according to BBC News. Snoop Dogg was scheduled to perform at the Parkpop festival, but the mayor and law enforcement officials asked its organizers to find an artist of more "open and friendly character" to play the event.

In a statement, Snoop Dogg's management said that the rapper "is astonished by the decision of the Mayor of the Hague, a town in the south of Holland, to not allow him to perform. 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.

"Mojo, the largest concert promoter in Holland says, 'We have never had any issues with Snoop, who has played magnificent shows at many of the festivals we promote such as Lowlands, North Sea Jazz and at several other promoted shows by Mojo.' Snoop is a mainstay at music festivals all over the world and has performed at all of these without incident."

Snoop Dogg is scheduled to perform at the Glastonbury and Wireless festivals in Britain this summer, after a ruling in March by a tribunal there that said the rapper should not have been denied a visa for entry in 2007 after a public disorder at Heathrow Airport in 2006, involving members of his entourage, resulted in Snoop Dogg's arrest.