Tyler, The Creator's New Zealand Ban Has Been Lifted

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Tyler, the Creator performs at the 2019 Governors Ball Festival at Randall's Island on May 31, 2019 in New York City.

Tyler, The Creator is now free to visit New Zealand, more than five years after he and his former Odd Future bandmates were controversially banned by immigration authorities.

The Los Angeles rapper is all set to headline NZ’s Bay Dreams music festival, due to take place at two sites in early January 2020.
According to Stuff, Immigration New Zealand has cleared Tyler’s flying visit and declared that he “is no longer deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest." His visa is "currently being processed," the news site reports.

Back in February 2014, NZ’s border control blocked Odd Future from entering the country after it was decided they posed a threat to public order. As a result, the collective missed an opportunity to support Eminem at an open-air concert in Auckland.

Tyler and five other six group members were reportedly declined visas due to a 2011 incident in Boston in which some witnesses claimed group members incited fans to attack police officers.    

The following year, in 2015, Tyler missed a slew of shows in the U.K. and Australia when some dubious lyrics he’d recorded some years earlier came to the attention of local authorities.

In May of this year, the U.K.’s Home Office lifted Tyler’s years-long ban, allowing the artist to visit the territory in support his latest album IGOR.