Nightwish, Amorphis, Delain and More Fire Booking Agent John Finberg
Following yesterday’s MetalSucks report detailing numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, bullying, racism and threats of violence against metal booking agent John Finberg over the course of the past two decades, a number of his high profile clients — Nightwish, Amorphis, Delain, Battle Beast, Amaranthe and Swallow the Sun, as of press time — have made announcements severing ties with him. You can find those statements below, followed by the original posts.
“Nightwish have ceased to employ Mr Finberg and have severed all contact with him and his company.”
“Amorphis does not accept any form of bullying, harassment or racism. Due to current allegations against First Row Talent Agency and John Finberg, effective immediately – John Finberg does not represent Amorphis in the United States, Canada or any other territory.”
“AMARANTHE does not accept harassing, racism or sexism. We have never done a tour under the First Row Talent/John Finberg banner so far, and the North America tour that was in the pipeline will now be done together with a different company.”
“Delain ceased to employ John Finberg and his company during their last USA tour in 2019. First Row talent and John Finberg are no longer booking Delain in North America, Canada or any other territory. Delain does not accept any form of harassment, bullying, sexism or racism.”
Swallow the Sun:
“From this day on First Row Talent Agency does not represent Swallow the Sun in North America. We will inform you later about our upcoming tour.”
“First Row Talent is no longer booking Battle Beast in North America or anywhere in the world.Abuse, racism and sexism have no place in music business nor anywhere else for that matter.”
We will keep you all apprised of this developing story.
Update, 10:36am EDT: Sonata Arctica posted a message as well, saying they ceased working with Finberg on January 1 of this year:
“We strongly condemn all forms of harassment, bullying and abuse.Sonata Arctica has ceased to collaborate with John Finberg and his company since Jan 1st 2020. All the best, Sonata Arctica”