Hop Farm Festival owed Suede £46,000 and Peter Gabriel £100,000 at time of liquidation

Vince Power still plans to bring the Kent festival back this summer

The Hop Farm Festival – which went into administration last year – did so owing its 2012 headliners thousands of pounds.

Kent News recently found that the festival, which was run by Vince Power’s Music Festivals PLC, went under owing Peter Gabriel £100,000 and Suede £46,000. Bruce Forsyth was also owed £9,000.

Other artists who were still unpaid at the time of the companies liquidation included Damien Rice, Billy Ocean, Primal Scream, Richard Ashcroft, Kool & The Gang and George Clinton.

In all, the festival collapsed owing £4.6 million, including £22,648 to local police and £163,000 to the festival site, Paddock Wood.

Despite this, Vince Power has said that the festival will be returning in 2013. A spokesman for Power confirmed to Kent News that an announcement regarding this year’s event is ‘imminent’. Power told the paper earlier this year:

It was always my intention to do the Hop Farm, I have the rights to do the Hop Farm and the Hop Farm will take place from July 5-7, 2013. At the moment, we have sold a small amount of early bird tickets and we are confirming acts. We hope to announce the bill very shortly.