Promoter Gets 4 Years in Prison for Deaths at 2012 Steve Aoki Show
On Halloween 2012, tragedy struck a Steve Aoki show at the Madrid Arena killing 5 concert attendees.
The Thriller Music Park event which was thrown by Spanish nightclub promoter Miguel Ángel Flores was found to have been over-sold by 6,000 tickets.
El Mundo reports that the Spanish courts have charged Flores with 5 homicides by gross negligence and 29 counts of injury, resulting in a maximum 4 year prison sentence. The courts condemned Flores for ignoring the building's structural integrity by overselling the venue to maximize the event's economic benefit.
The grossly oversold event resulted in the the death of 5 individuals who were killed following a crowd stampede from a lit flare. Attendees rushed towards emergency exit doors that had already been oversaturated by panicked crowds. It took the venue three hours to clear the crowds, by which time 29 people had been injured in addition to the five fatalities.
The courts have also ordered that the families of the individuals killed will each receive €350,000 in compensation. The other injured individuals will receive compensation adequate for their injuries.
In addition to Flores, 6 other associates of the event received prison sentences for their negligence.
H/T: Resident Advisor