Pemberton Festival: Promoters Must Now Face The Music
Marc Geiger, a partner and head of music at WME, did not mince words when describing his feelings about the organizers of the now defunct Pemberton festival, which declared bankruptcy Thursday night without issuing refunds to fans.
"I want each of them to know 'I coming after you personally,'" he told Billboard in an interview. "We're going to pursue all of these people to the full extent of the law."
WME represents several acts that were scheduled to play at the festival including Haim, Big Sean and Tegan and Sara. Geiger said he was angry about the impact the cancellation will have on artists, fans and the festival market. Among the individuals he said he believed were responsible for the cancelled British Columbia festival were promoters A.J. Niland and Evan Harrison of Huka Entertainment, Pemberton land owners and Janspec Holdings Limited investors Amanda Girling and Jeremy Turner, and investor Jim Dales,
"They should not be able to run away from this. You can't do this much damage to the festival ecosystem and think you can get away with it," he said, noting that the last-minute bankruptcy unfairly punishes fans who spent hundreds of dollars on tickets and can't necessarily get their money back — continue reading here