This has been a very messy few days.
We were looking forward to playing Punk By The sea. We played it last year and it was a good day.
The promoters are nice people if a bit naive in the ways of festival- last year this worked ok . this year it’s been a bit messy.
The first warning was when the website suddenly said that bands were to be paid by cheque only. No-one got in touch to tell us this, it was just written on their website. Then we heard the PA had pulled out because of the same situation and then the Damned and other bands.
Some people are wondering why you can’t go and play a gig when you have been promised ÃÂ a cheque that will almost defiantly bounce and that it is somehow contravening the imaginary code of punk rock which apparently states that you should not get paid for playing a gig.
The idea of losing ÃÂ£600 for a 12 hour round trip in the van to play the gig seems a tad dumb.
Cheques bounce, cash doesn’t. We can’t for the van hire/fuel and driver with a ratty old cheque. We can’t pay our driver, who cancelled a day’s work to do this, with a ratty cheque. We have to pay for these things with proper money, that’s the way it it is in the real world. Even Crass needed some money back in the day.
We desperately tried to sort the situation out but none of the promoters would return any calls and then their phones were switched off. Various reports coming back from the festival were pretty grim. We still would have gone down after all of this if there was some promise of cash so we could pay our bills because we like to pay our bills. We don’t want to pay our van driver with a dodgy cheque. We are not those kind of people.
So we have pulled out, which hurts because we hardly pull out of anything.
Once we heard the UK Subs had pulled out then we knew we were right- the UK Subs never pull out of anything. Charlie Harper will be playing a gig during Armagedeon. This is a ÃÂ sign of how desperate the festival has got.
The festival is staggering on. The internet is rife with rumours but it seems like a scaled down version of the vent is happening. The ÃÂ latest is that the Damned are playing again whilst most other brands are not.
Good luck and hope no-one lost any money and the promoters? ÃÂ you are a sound bunch of people but this gig was a too big to pull off, a bit of communication would have helped and we would have all loved to have helped you make the festival a success instead of this messy situation.
THe PUNK BY THE SEA 4 DAYER was set to take place at
South Parade Pier, Portsmouth 14th ”â 17th June 2012
with 75 bands, 2 stages over 4 days inc GBH, THE REZILLOS, THE DAMNED, SHAM 69, GOLDBLADE and SLAUGHTER and The DOGS …
The event Facebook page is now advising ticket holders to contact the purchase point to obtain a refund.