|The indie-rock band Font were imprisoned in Iran merely for performing their style of music. The band is currently in London on six month artist’ visas.
In August 2007, the members of the rock band Font were thrown into prison for 21 days after police swooped on an underground concert at which they were performing in Karaj, near Tehran.
Now, in a dramatic turn-around in their fortunes, Font have won Britain’s first-ever Immigrant Song Contest, organised and televised by the BBC 2 TV channel’s daily current affairs program Newsnight. Font’s five members entered the contest while living in London on six-month artists’ visas.