This past weekend, punk metallers Kvelertak confirmed reports that their visas and passports had been stolen while awaiting to board a plane in Norway. The band confirmed the news via Twitter and Facebook, while singer Erlend Hjelvik revealed the following to Norwegian magazine Dagbladet:
“I sat down to have a bite at Burger King at [the Oslo Central Station Friday night, March 4], and suddenly I discovered that the backpack with all six passports that I had placed next to me on the seat was gone.
We will go down to the passport office on Monday and see what we happens…We paid 70,000 NOK [approximately $12,500] for the flights, but we do not know if that money will now be used for the new tickets, refunded or if we have lost it entirely.”
What will come of the band’s U.S. touring plans is still uncertain. Kvelertak will definitley miss the first few stops on their upcoming tour with Weedeater and Zoroaster, as well as their appearance this past weekend at the Scion Rock Fest. However, in a new posting on their Facebook and Twitter account, the band revealed that they could be arriving in the States as soon as Friday, giving them plenty of time to make their South By Southwest appearance. However, nothing has been set in stone.
We’ll keep you posted when more develops. Best of luck to everybody in the Kvelertak camp. This is definitly a crappy turn of events for any band to deal with.