Russian DJ ‘beaten by security’, arrested at Flow Festival

Credit: @flowfestivalhelsinki Instagram

A Flow Festival performer claims a Russian DJ was beaten, and left bloodied and shocked by security guards at the weekend event. Meanwhile Flow organizers say they have mobile phone video evidence, and plan to take legal advice to look into the actions of private security and police officers.

The incident was first reported in a Facebook post by Flow performer Marie Davidson, who says her friend Inga Mauer, a Russian DJ and producer was “violently dragged” out of the festival area “because she refused to leave right away”.

“Last night in Helsinki I witnessed a bunch of secutiry (sic) guys hold down a girl on the ground while she was screaming” Davidson wrote on Sunday morning.

Davidson says when she went to help Mauer, who had played a set earlier in the evening at Flow, she was ejected from the venue, and then police came to put Mauer in custody overnight.

Davidson says she told the security guards neither woman had taken drugs, and had only shared a bottle of wine together earlier.

“Two security guys took me by the arms and threw me out in the street out of the festival zone. I told them I needed to at least be in touch with someone because I had no internet, no driver and no taxi where taking people to any place at this hour” Davidson wrote in her Facebook post.

“They laughed and said “go figure it out” and then closed the fence leaving me in an total unknown place without any ways of reaching out for help. I had to ask strangers in the street to help my find a taxi to my hotel. About an hour after, I was back to my room, learning that my friend would spend the night in jail to be released in the morning” she says.

Flow Festival’s main organizers, Suvi Kallio, Tuomas Kallio and Toni Rantanen released a statement saying they were “at a loss for words” about the incident, and that “even the police who came to sort out the situation acted threateningly”.

Flow organizers say they have video, photos, and eyewitnesses to the events of Saturday night involving Inga Mauer and Marie Davidson, and promised an investigation.

“Serious discussions are underway with our lawyers and the subcontractor Local Crew Oy […] compensation for the victims must follow”.

Davidson later posted a picture of herself and Inga Mauer enjoying themselves at a party. She wrote that she had “nothing against Flow Festival Helsinki”.