Organisers of the disastrous Liverpool festival Hope and Glory owe ticketing agencies Skiddle and Eventbrite £73,000 and £138,368.93, respectively, out of a total £900,000 to several creditors.
The two ticket firms refunded festival-goers out of their own pockets as organisers failed to cooperate and customers lashed out in anger at the festival’s blatant overcrowding and poor management.
During the August festival, thousands were left waiting for several hours after St. George’s Quarter became severely overcrowded. Eventually, police were ushered in after it was discovered that punters had limited access to toilets and food and drink facilities.
The company behind the Hope and Glory Festival went into liquidation in late August, owing a total of £900,000 ($1.2m/€1m) and an additional £70,000 to Liverpool council.
Other creditors include Live Nation (£6,975.76), BBC Radio Merseyside (£500), catering company Gig a Bite (£11,376), Crockford Management (£440), production suppliers Hi Lights (£21,600) and DNG (£21,103.20), artists Dino Baptiste (£250) and Trampolene (£200) and the festivals’ bars (collectively £27,000). Melodi and Hunky Dory Media are owed £65,000 and £60,000, respectively.
Hope & Glory Festivals Ltd director Iain Kerr is the single largest creditor, according to documents filed with Companies House by Butcher Woods’ Roderick Butcher on September 13. Kerr, who directs the two companies, Melodi and Hunky Dory Media, is owed £270,000.
The reason behind the failure of the festival is still unclear, but Liverpool council is carrying out an investigation.
Earlier this year, Skiddle were announced winners of the Customer Service and Moving On Up Awards at TheTicketingBusiness Awards 2017.
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