billboard.com - 4 days ago
Geiger to Pemberton Organizers: I'm Coming After You
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 toldÂ Billboard in an exclusive 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 includingÂ Haim, Big Sean andÂ TeganÂ and Sara. Geiger said he was angry about the impact the cancelation will have on artists, fans and the festival market. AmongÂ the individuals he said he believed wereÂ responsible for the canceled British Columbia festivalÂ were promoters A.J.Â Niland and Evan Harrison of Huka Entertainment,Â Pemberton land owners andÂ JanspecÂ Holdings LimitedÂ investorsÂ Amanda Girling and Jeremy Turner,Â 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 andÂ can't necessarily get their money back.
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