Balaton Sound releases official statement regarding DVBBS incident
As the DVBBS case from Hungary’s Balaton Sound continues to develop — in which three girls were found unconscious in the Canadian duo’s dressing room — the festival organizers have issued a formal response.
“Both as organizers and human beings we find it unacceptable that such a situation could have occurred,” Balaton Sound wrote on their Facebook. “As a consequence, we cancelled DVBBS’s upcoming show at Sziget Festival.”
Balaton Sound has also confirmed many of the initial reports, including the fact that the girls were found alone by event staff, in need of medical attention, with DVBBS having already left the premises.
While initial reports suggested that sexual misconduct was not suspected, the festival’s official statement now says otherwise: “According to today’s police inquiry, an investigation is in progress against unknown person for the suspicion of sexual violence.”
Read Balaton Sound’s full statement below:
As you have certainly heard of, on 9 July, Saturday, at Balaton Sound, in the backstage of the venue’s mainstage a number of people invited by DVBBS became sick under undignified circumstances which are still to be cleared. They needed medical attention and some of them were hospitalized. They were found by our staff after DVBBS had left the venue. (It is important to note that the backstage is a closed area and may only be accessed by the organizers, the performers, and their guests.)
Both as organizers and human beings we find it unacceptable that such a situation could have occurred. As a consequence, we cancelled DVBBS’s upcoming show at Sziget Festival.
The site where the events had taken place was examined by the police and some of the people present gave testimonies as witnesses. According to today’s police inquiry, an investigation is in progress against unknown person for the suspicion of sexual violence.
During the last couple of days there were a great quantity of news, opinion, and speculation in the press and social media in connection with the case, while on the other hand, the clarification of the facts is still in progress. All this confirms our belief that DVBBS’s performance at Sziget Festival in August cannot be undertaken. Needless to say, the cancellation is not to be (and cannot be) interpreted as a judgement in the question of the performers’ legal responsibility for the incident, because the legal clarification of the events exclusively belongs to the competency of the police.
With regard to the official proceedings we shall not make further comments on the events publicly, however we felt it important to share the above information with you and the general public.
Our thoughts are with the girls, we wish them quick recovery!
With love, the organizers of Balaton Sound
Following the events of Saturday, July 9, DVBBS were apprehended at the Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest. Four men, including the duo, were arrested on drug related charges after authorities discovered marijuana paraphernalia. Three of the suspects reportedly tested positive on a rapid drug screen, while the fourth was brought in as a witness.
The men were interred at Ferihegy, but have either posted bail or been released since. Their lawyer has released the following statement:
“We are shocked that some attendees of the Balaton Festival (sic) were victims of events which got them hospitalized. Police asked our cooperation for the investigation and of course we did what we could. Police confirmed there isn’t any link between us and what happened, that’s why we took off a couple of hours later to our next gig in ibiza. There is another case going on independently from this in connection with marijuana and we gladly answer all questions regarding this and help the police to solve the case. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. Alex and Chris (DVBBS).”