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  CRASHDIET MANAGER MICHAEL SUNDEN DIES AFTER FALL AT NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
25th April 2013

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The manager of Crashdiet, Michael Sundén, 45, from Stockholm, Sweden, has died after a fall at Nottingham Rock City.

An investigation was ordered after Michael suffered fatal head injuries in the basement of the club last Friday. It is believed he slipped and hit his head on a brick wall.

In a statement to the Nottingham Post, Rock City said: "On Friday, April 19, at around 11.30pm a male visitor to the Saxon live music event at Rock City fell unconscious. The circumstances are as yet unclear but are not being treated as suspicious.

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"Rock City's on-site medical team attended the scene immediately. An ambulance was called within one minute of the man being found and police officers stationed at the front of the venue were also called to the scene.

"Two police officers began emergency resuscitation before the ambulance arrived and took him to hospital.

"Rock City was informed the next day that the man had subsequently died. Rock City is co-operating fully with the authorities in a post-mortem.

"Rock City would like to offer its deepest condolences to his family."

A Notts Police spokeswoman said: "He is believed to have slipped and hit his head against a brick wall in the basement area. The medical staff performed CPR and he was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. We are not treating it as suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner."

Nottingham City Council's community protection health and safety officers attended following reports of the accident and a spokesman said: "They carried out assessments of the venue and were satisfied that there was no ongoing risk to members of the public. It appears the man tripped on two steps in the venue and hit his head on a wall but there were no defects at the venue which contributed to this tragic accident.

"There is no ongoing investigation and the venue can continue to operate as normal."

Tributes to Mr Sundén have poured in on the internet.

A statement on the Head First Entertainment website said: "This morning we awake to the devastating news that Michael Sundén of Global Music, and Head First's management partner with the band Crashdïet, had tragically taken a fall in Nottingham, England, where he was advancing the band's UK tour and meeting up with old friends.

"To say that we are absolutely crushed would be an understatement.

"Our thoughts are with Michael's wife, Carina, and their two young daughters."

Dave Tedder, of Head First Entertainment, who had known Mr Sundén for about 15 years, added: "One thing that guy didn't understand was the phrase 'that can't be done' – no matter what language it was in, Swedish, English or any other.

"He pushed you to try a little harder. We pushed each other.

"And we argued and frustrated each other but what business partners don't? With Michael's passing we've truly lost one of the few 'good guys' in this industry."

A message was also left on Crashdïet's Twitter account.

It said: "I am saddened and sorry to inform you all that Michael Sundén (manager) has died. We are waiting for an update from the guys. Our thoughts and hearts go out to his family and friends."

The band Backyard Babies, former clients of Mr Sundén, tweeted: "He was basically a fifth member from the very first record until we went separate ways. His visions and enthusiasm has inspired and helped the Backyard Babies in many ways.

"Our deepest condolences to his family."

Crashdïet, whose 2010 album 'Generation Wild' debuted at number three on the Swedish album chart, are still scheduled to perform on Friday.





WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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