Supreme Court Takes Up Slayer Suit Against Secret Solstice Festival

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Iceland’s Supreme Court has accepted an appeal by American thrash metal band Slayer against the organisers of the Secret Solstice festival.

Slayer performed at the 2018 festival and allege that they were never paid for their performance.

In a 2020 ruling, organisers of Secret Solstice were ordered by a Reykjavík district court to pay a sum of ISK 20 million (USD 138,900; EUR 143,800) to Slayer. Despite some ambiguity in communications regarding the payment, it was determined that Slayer should be compensated with the personal assets of the organisers.

Read more: Former Secret Solstice Organiser Bankrupt

However, earlier this year, the decision was revisited by the National Court, which then acquitted Live Events, the former organisers.

With the former organisers in bankruptcy, representatives from Slayer have claimed that assets were misused during the bankruptcy, and that there is precedent for payment obligation in such cases. After the festival’s bankruptcy, it was sold to several different legal entities. Confusion arose after public statements by one of the directors of Live Events, which claimed that all debts would be settled. Now, the Supreme Court of Iceland is taking up the case.

Central to the case is whether the statement in question was general in nature, or whether it constituted a binding contract.

The Supreme Court has taken up the case partly because it believes that the case will have broader importance in setting precedent in cases of payment obligation with multiple debtors.

Power Outage for Half of Iceland Over Weekend

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Yesterday, September 25, half of Iceland was without power due an outage whose cause still remains unknown. Areas of Iceland affected include from Blönduós to Höfn, the entirety of northern and eastern Iceland. Such a widespread power outage is nearly unprecedented.

The power outage began around noon yesterday and is said to have last two hours in most regions and up to three in others.

A public Facebook announcement by Landsnet regarding the outages can be seen below.

The power outage was caused by a disruption to the Fljótsdal line, which runs from the Alcoa aluminum smelter to Kárahnjúkavirkjun. The cause of the damage is not known at this time.

In a statement to RÚV, Steinunn Þorsteinsdóttir, information officer at Landsnet, stated that the Fljótsdal line created a chain reaction, resulting in the widespread outages.

“It’s not very often we have nearly half the country without power at once,” she said. Alcoa aluminum smelter is also reported to have been offline during the outages.

“At this stage, we don’t know exactly what happened,” Steinunn said. “Our priority was to bring the electricity back to the area. Now that it’s back on, it’s time to take a look at what happened.”

Flooding in Akureyri, Storms Hit North and East Iceland Over Weekend

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Storms over the weekend have left much of Akureyri flooded. Streets affected include Norðurgata, Gránufélagsgata, and Eiðsvallagata.

The flooding followed bad storms which shook much of Iceland over the weekend, leaving considerable property damage in their wake.

In a public statement on Facebook, the North Iceland police force have asked residents to not travel unnecessarily, and to not drive in the streets.

Much of the country was under yellow and orange weather warnings over the weekend, with especially bad conditions in the east and southeast. The East Fjords were under a rare red weather warning, with recorded wind speeds up to 64m/s (143 mph).

In a statement to Morgunblaðið, chairman of the regional board of rescue teams in East Iceland Sveinn Halldór Zoëga said he “doesn’t remember such extensive damage.” In the east, Seyðisfjörður and Reyðarfjörður were hit especially hard, with dramatic photos of the damage being shared on social media.

Search and rescue teams were busy, with Sveinn reporting some 50 calls near Seyðisfjörður and Reyðarfjörður. In total, some 200 search and rescue calls went out over the weekend, with 350 volunteers at work. Although extensive property damage was reported, no one is reported to have been injured in the storms.