Martin Forssman, the press manager for the Sweden Rock Festival, has dismissed as "wrong" a Swedish newspaper report that suggested the event organizers wanted to penalize several bands — including German power metallers RAGE and Swedish stoner rockers WITCHCRAFT — for playing too loudly.
Sweden's largest daily newspaper Aftonbladet reported over the weekend that the Sweden Rock Festival is being fined 250,000 SEK (around $35,000) by Swedish authorities for noise ordinance violations. According to the report, Sweden Rock is trying to avoid paying the fine and is blaming five of the acts that played the festival — RAGE, OUTLAWS, WITCHCRAFT, HYSTERICA and TRACE NINE — for violating noise laws during their performances at the event.
Forssman's statement regarding the matter reads as follows:
"I just wanted to let you know that the Aftonbladet story [the BLABBERMOUTH.NET article was] referring to is wrong. The reporter did an interview with me but misunderstood a few things and drew his own conclusions.
"First of all, the fine has not gone through yet, and it is far from certain that it will. Secondly, not all the mentioned bands were using their own sound technicians (all bands and technicians were however informed of the rules and there was measuring equipment at all the mixing towers). Naturally, whatever happens, we will not hold bands who did not bring their own sound techs responsible for those violations.
"Swedish authorities allow a 97 dB average with 110 dB peaks on events that are open to children under 13 — such as the Sweden Rock Festival. Unfortunately, measuring sound levels is not as exact as measuring speed or temperature since they are greatly affected by wind, air humidity etc. We hope this will be taken into consideration when the final decision regarding the fines is made."