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March 18, 2010 04:00 ET

Rap Star Wins UK Visa Court Battle for Possible Glastonbury Appearance

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 18, 2010) - Snoop Dogg has finally won a long-running court battle to enable him to apply for a UK visa, opening the way for a possible appearance at Glastonbury this summer. The rap star, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broads Jr, was originally refused a UK visa in March 2007 for his European tour with fellow hip-hop star P Diddy. His problems with the UK immigration authorities began when his entourage got into a tussle over entry to the British Airways First Class Lounge at Heathrow in 2006, which resulted in the hip-hop star being cautioned by police.

When the controversial rapper challenged his 2007 visa application refusal two judges ruled in 2008 that the authorities were wrong to reject his request. The UK Borders Agency eventually lost its appeal earlier this month, leaving Snoop Dogg free to apply once again for a UK visa. There is, of course, no guarantee that his application will actually be approved next time around, but with a court ruling in his favour, the authorities will need to find good reasons to refuse him a UK visa again.

The Sun newspaper has reported that Michael Eavis, organiser of the Glastonbury Festival, is working to bring the 39-year-old rapper to this summer's festival. He reportedly told the newspaper that his daughter Emily, who is now taking a greater role in booking headline artists, wants Snoop Dogg to appear at this year's festival. Eavis also confirmed that he is in discussions with the rap star's manager about bringing him to Glastonbury. Last year, the appearance of another hip-hop star, Jay-Z, was controversial, upsetting Noel Gallagher who forthrightly voiced his disapproval of having hip-hop at Glastonbury. The Jay-Z appearance was also the brainchild of Emily Eavis.

Snoop Dogg is nothing if not versatile. In addition to rapping, he has acted in movies, done voice-overs for animated films, presented television programmes, and coached a football team. Whether he does actually make it to Glastonbury depends on bringing all his talents to bear on ensuring that his UK visa application actually gets approved this time. How his entourage behaves in the airline lounge could also have a bearing on matters.

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