Metallica – Following the cancellation and riot at what would have been Metallica’s first India concert in the country Friday, four executives of Bangalore-based concert promoters DNA Entertainment were arrested over the weekend. The F1 Rocks event, organized alongside India’s first Formula One race that took place Sunday near Delhi, was called off by organizer’s citing “technical reasons” just hours before the band was set to hit the stage.
Approximately 25,000 people were already lining up before the announcement was made.
The resulting chaos led to some fans to destroying equipment and the stage causing damage worth an estimated $200,000. Police in the city of Gurgaon said Saturday they had arrested four executives of DNA Entertainment including its operational head Rajesh Chandwani along with three of his team members. Gurgaon police also summoned DNA founder and MD T Venkat Vardhan to join the investigations.
“We are interrogating four others who are in our custody. Once the company’s chief comes here, we will be able to ascertain the reason behind the sudden cancellation of the event,” a police spokesperson was quoted stating. The police said they had several complaints from fans who alleged that promoters sold more tickets than the venue’s capacity and that they were never informed before the cancellation was announced.
“Once we, along with DNA, the promoters of the show, determined that there was a failure of a security barricade in front of the stage that could not be adequately repaired, the promoter reluctantly announced the postponement of the show until Saturday. Unfortunately, on such short notice the promoters were unable to secure a permit for a show on Saturday. Therefore, DNA announced that we would not be able to play in Delhi,” Metallica said in a statement on its website.
Metallica promised full refunds to those who had bought tickets.