Following an exposé from MetalSucks, Nightwish and Amorphis have this morning announced that they are no longer working with John Finberg.
Finberg has promoted bands such as Nightwish, Epica, Amorphis, Warbringer, Suffocation, Immolation, Sonata Arctica, Overkill and The Agonist in the past.
UPDATE: This afternoon/evening (29 September), Delain, Amaranthe, Battle Beast, Sonata Arctica, Swallow the Sun and Power Glove have clarified their positions on social media.
The MetalSucks story contains allegations of sexual harassment, bullying, racism, misogyny and threats of violence.
There has been no official response from Finberg to these allegations.
— Nightwish (@NightwishBand) September 29, 2020
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.
— Amorphis (@amorphis) September 29, 2020
Update 29 September 15:10 News from Delain and Amaranthe.
Delain ceased to employ John Finberg 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 stand for any form of harassment, bullying, sexism or racism.
— Delain (@delainmusic) September 29, 2020
Update 29 September 16:00 Battle Beast distance themselves from First Row Talent.
Update 29 September 17:10 Sonata Arctica stopped working with Finberg in January this year, while Swallow the Sun sever ties.
Update 29 September 21:05 Power Glove remove First Row Talent from their team.