Charges against Live Nation trio in Finland dismissed

January 2014

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The charges of violations of the Environmental Protection Act brought by the Helsinki District Attorney against three employees of Live Nation have been dismissed by the District Court of Helsinki. The charges against promoter Scott Lavender and production managers Chad Taylor and Tom Ahlberg stemmed from live performances by Madonna and Bruce Springsteen at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium last year, both of which exceeded the 11pm curfew granted by the Helsinki Environment Centre by roughly an hour. Two previous shows, Metallica at the Sonisphere festival and Rihanna’s Party on The Beach had also broken curfews but were not included in the charges.   In court, the legal representative of Live Nation argued that the delays were caused by the artists: Springsteen played for four hours (a Finnish record!) , whereas Madonna entered the stage notably later than planned. The court ruled on 21 November that the defendants would not have been able to pull the plug on the performers for defying the curfew (and it was the band’s own generators) and consequently had not acted deliberately or negligently. In an interview with Helsingin Sanomat a few weeks before the ruling, Nina Castrén, the managing director of Live Nation Finland, viewed that the charges brought against individual employees were unfair. “The staff have very carefully and meticulously done their utmost within the framework of regulations; that’s why this feels excessive,” she told the daily. Castrén also emphasised that the collaboration between Live Nation Finland and the City of Helsinki has improved this year and that no sound curfews have been exceeded and told Audience “they were not guilty because the curfew was not broken on purpose or due t negligence.”

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