While US$22,000 might be chump-change for a band like U2, Barcelona’s city official’s recent fine imposition on the band for exceeding noise restrictions may open a proverbial Pandora’s Box of similar cases.
The Irish group kicked on their current 360 tour in the Spanish city, playing gigs on June 30 and July 2. Rehearsals were also held for two days prior.
Officials said the band rehearsed for two hours over the scheduled midnight quitting time and that they received complaints about exceeding noise level restrictions during the concerts, leading them to issue the fine.
U2 have since paid up it seems Barcelona has developed a taste for penalising pop-stars, recently announcing that they are considering lumping Shakira with a fine too.
The ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer is accused of filming a video clip in the city without approval, dancing in a fountain and for not wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle. One public official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said she may even be fined for disrupting traffic with her sexy and erotic dance moves in a public location.
This sounds more like a UAE rather than Spanish government approach to the DPME.com team.
See footage of Shakira in Barcelona below.