Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Ontario Court of Appeal blocked a ban on standing shows in 2012
Fans of Canadian alt-rockers Fall Out Boy can get closer to the band live on stage after a court allowed fans to move closer to the stage.
The Ontario Court of Appeal has said events that sell out should be allowed to hold standing shows.
“That rule regarding at-capacity venues should, if there is one, be thrown out altogether,” said the three judge panel of the Appeal Court.
Artists and venue owners in Ontario had launched a challenge to the city of Hamilton’s ban on standing shows.
The city took the stand that it had to limit the amount of people allowed to attend live events because it was unable to ensure a safe and orderly environment.
In their ruling, the three judges noted that more than 100,000 people watched the band’s shows in Hamilton last year, but said it was “uncertain whether there were any accidents involving intoxicated or otherwise rowdy concert goers”.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Court of Appeal majority decision noted that the crowd at the Fall Out Boy show was “neither rowdy nor intoxicated”
In a statement released after the ruling, Fall Out Boy said the judges had “correctly applied the law.
“We’re hoping this decision will allow other artists to do the same so all those fans can see their favourite bands,” the band said.
In 2012, the Ontario Court of Appeal granted a two-year stay to the ban on standing shows, but the city of Hamilton appealed.