Vince Power: ‘Hop Farm will happen this year’

Promoter says the Kent festival, which went into administration last year, will bounce back

Festival promoter Vince Power has responded to reports that his Hop Farm Festival, went into administration last year owing its 2012 headliners thousands of pounds.

Kent On Sunday recently reported that the festival, which was run by Power’s Music Festivals PLC, went under owing Peter Gabriel £100,000 and Suede £46,000. In all, the festival reportedly collapsed owing £4.8 million, including £22,648 to local police and £163,000 to the festival site, Paddock Wood.

Power has now responded to the report in a statement issued to NME. He said: “The Hop Farm will happen this year, this is one blip in my career spanning over 30 years. All suppliers and artists are working with me and many of the suppliers have been with me for many years, through the Reading, Phoenix and Homelands days. They are being very supportive. I spent and paid artists alone approx. £350 million over the years. The losses reported are inaccurate. The Hop Farm never lost 4.8 million. These losses included a group of companies in Kent Festival Ltd.”

He added: “I have no doubt that this year’s Hop Farm will be successful along with FIB Benicassim in Spain. This is a cheap piece of journalism from Kent on Sunday. It’s a public company so all the info is public knowledge. The local rag is supposed to be for the community. The Hop Farm Festival is loved by the people of Kent and there is no value in spreading inaccurate reports and doubt with regards to The Hop Farm Music Festival. In the words of Winston Churchill…”Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.””

When NME contacted Kent On Sunday for comment on Power’s statement, the newspaper’s editor, Chris Britcher, said: “All the figures we quoted are in publicly available documents for anyone to access online and check for themselves.”

He added: “I am a little surprised as we have made numerous attempts to speak to Mr Power in recent weeks in order to seek the reassurances our readers are after about the 2013 event. But to no avail. Of course, it is the Kent community – those who buy the tickets and provide the services – which we serve. We all hope the Hop Farm Festival returns this summer and is a great success for everyone involved.”

Hop Farm 2013 is due to take place between July 5-7, 2013.