Metal Bands Accused Of Rocking Too Loudly At SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

Sweden Rock Festival wants to penalize several bands — including German power metallers RAGE and Swedish stoner rockers WITCHCRAFT — for playing too loudly!

The festival is being fined 250,000 SEK (around $35,000) by Swedish authorities for noise ordinance violations. According to a report in Aftonbladet, Sweden's largest daily newspaper, Sweden Rock Festival does not want to pay the fine. Instead, it blames five of the acts that played the festival on June 3-6, 2009 in Sölvesborg for violating noise laws during their shows. The groups in question are RAGE, OUTLAWS, WITCHCRAFT, HYSTERICA and TRACE NINE. The festival is considering dumping the fines on the bands, claiming the acts are responsible for the infractions, since they all have their own sound engineers.

WITCHCRAFT's frontman, Magnus Pelander, disputes this. He says his band does not have a soundman and instead used the one that was provided by the festival.

Each band would be fined 50,000 SEK — a approximately $7,000.

"We are not multimillionaires", Pelander told Aftonbladet, saying the fine will pose a great financial burden on the group.

WITCHCRAFT is four-piece, which means that the group would be responsible for paying out nearly $2,000 per band member if such a fine were to be imposed upon them.

(Thanks: e.V.'s Underground, CKCU-FM, 93.1)

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