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AUSTIN (AP) – A New York musician says he won’t perform at the SXSW Music Festival over a contract provision stating that U.S. immigration agents may be contacted if an international act violates the performance agreement.

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SXSW organizers responded Thursday by saying that Felix Walworth, who goes by the stage name Told Slant, had misunderstood their policies. They say no artist in the festival’s 30-plus-year history had been reported to immigration agents.

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SXSW co-founder Roland Swenson says the contract clause was merely a safeguard in case an artist does “something truly egregious.” But he acknowledged the language “seems strong” given the current political climate.

The music festival in Austin, Texas, begins March 13.

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