Slayer Are Suing Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival Organizers
Slayer weren't fully compensated for their appearance at last year’s Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland, so the veteran metal act now amid a farewell tour have sued the event's organizers, Solstice Productions, for $134,000, the Reykjavík Grapevine reported. The band, due arrears after July 4, 2018, still haven’t been paid.
That's close to 16 million in Icelandic krona Slayer claim they're owed for the festival gig in Reykjavik last June. But the current team behind Secret Solstice initially alleged the debt wasn't owed by them, RÚV noted in an Icelandic report that led to conflicting coverage about how the organizers would ultimately pay Slayer.
Icelandic hip-hop outfit Reykjavíkurdætu echoed Slayer’s assertion. The group said they’re also owed for their Secret Solstice slot, the Icelandic Review relayed. Airing their ill in a tweet, Reykjavíkurdætu revealed they’ve since been asked to play the 2019 edition of the fest — this time, without any promise of payment.
In addition to Slayer, the 2018 Secret Solstice fest also featured Stormzy, Gucci Mane, Bonnie Tyler, Clean Bandit, Death from Above, Steve Aoki, J Hus, CW, 6lack, Goldlink, IAMDDB, Skream, Jet Black Joe and others.
This week, however, current fest manager Víkingur Heiðar Arnórsson of Live Events promised the new organizers will satisfy remaining financial debts. This comes after the city of Reykjavik — which seems to have a conflicting relationship with the fest — twice unsuccessfully seized the previous organizers for unpaid wages.
See Slayer's upcoming U.S. tour dates below.
Slayer 2019 U.S. Tour Dates
May 2 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
May 3 - Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater
May 5 - El Paso, Texas @ UTEP / Don Haskins Center
May 7 - Edinburg, Texas @ Bert Ogden Arena
May 8 - Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
May 10 - Tampa, Fla. @ Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 11 - W. Palm Beach, Fla. @ Coral Sky Amphitheater
May 13 - Huntington, W.V. @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
May 14 - Columbia, Md. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 16 - Noblesville, Ind. @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
May 17 - Bonner Springs, Kan. @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
May 19 - Clarkston, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
May 20 - Youngstown, Ohio @ Covelli Centre
May 22 - Ottawa, Ontario @ Canadian Tire Centre
May 24 - Camden, N.J. @ BB&T Pavilion
May 25 - Mansfield, Mass. @ Xfinity Center
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