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SLAYER Sues Iceland Festival Secret Solstice For Unpaid Wages

Posted by on April 8, 2019 at 11:15 am

Slayer played the Secret Solstice festival in Reykjavík, Iceland in June 2018. The band claims they have not yet been paid by the festival and are now suing for 16 million Icelandic Króna, or about $133,000 USD. According to an article in the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, Slayer was set to be paid by July 4, 2018, and has not yet received their wages.

Furthermore, Secret Solstice operations managers Solstice Productions have twice been unsuccessfully seized upon by Reykjavík due to unpaid wages. Live Events has since taken over the festival and has made a new contract with the city. Here's a better explanation of what's going on, though you'll have to excuse the poor Google translation.

Secret Solstice has an agreement with the City of Reykjavik until 2020, but the city strengthens the festival. Slayer's lawyer Jón Gunnar Ásbjörnsson wrote a letter to the city on the matter, stating, among other things, that in addition to having not paid the aforementioned claim, the representatives of the festival have retained 20 percent of Slayer's income to pay withholding tax to the tax authorities. The Director of Internal Revenue, on the other hand, has confirmed that the custody tax has not been returned. The letter states a violation of the law on withholding of public levies.

The capital's district commissioner has twice unsuccessfully seized on Solstice Productions, which has handled Secret Solstice's operations. The media has stated that a large number of people and companies have not been paid for their work at the company. Now the company Live Events has taken over the festival and made a new contract with the city of Reykjavík.

Slayer has not yet publicly commented on the matter.

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