Spanish promoter sentenced to 4 years in jail after 5 die at Steve Aoki show
The Spanish promoter who put on the 2012 Steve Aoki show where five women were trampled to death has been sentenced to jail. Miguel Ángel Flores, the head promoter of the Thriller Music Park show, received the maximum penalty of four years behind bars.
Flores and seven of the initial 15 men indicted for the tragedy have been charged of gross negligence, manslaughter, and 29 counts of criminal injury. The remaining seven indictees, including Madrid’s former chief of police, were cleared of all charges.
Spanish judges ruled that the show was deliberately oversold by 6000 tickets and that event staff were inadequately prepared to deal with such a large number of attendees. Multiple fire exits were closed as a stampede was triggered following the lighting of a flare and led to the trampling.
As a result of his conviction, Flores is barred from continuing any of his professional activities. Despite this, Spanish newspapers are reporting that he plans to reopen his Madrid club, Macumba, on October 14. The establishment had remained closed following the Aoki event.
H/T: Resident Advisor