The members of one of Norway’s most popular bands, Hellbillies, think they were short-changed of ticket revenues at a concert they held in Levanger last year. Now the band and the local civic organization Levanger Vel will face off in court in January.
The band claims the organization violated the contract for the concert, which attracted around 4,000 fans, and that the band should have received a commission on ticket sales. Band members thus believe they’re owed NOK 863,450 in compensation, according to local newspaper Innherred.
Levanger Vel has responded that such a sum is “unheard of,” and that the Hellbillies had an agreement to be paid a flat sum of around NOK 200,000, which the band received after the concert. The organization’s lawyer, Rolf Christensen, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that meeting the band’s demand would have “fatal consequences” for its very existence.
The band’s lawyer claims Levanger Vel broke the contract by allowing a much bigger audience than it called for. After alleged efforts to settle the matter failed, the two sides will face off in the Oslo City Court, because the band’s management firm is based in the capital.