Jabberwocky ticket company and PR firm take legal action following London festival cancellation
Dash Tickets claim they gave all the money they received in sales back to organisers ATP
A statement issued by ATP yesterday confirmed that the festival, which was due to be headlined by James Blake and Neutral Milk Hotel this weekend (August 15-16), was cancelled due to poor ticket sales and that fans who bought tickets through Dash Tickets were to pursue their refund directly with the seller.
However, Dash have released their own statement in which they describe the statement made by ATP (also known as Willwal Ltd) as "deliberately misleading" and state that they gave all the money they had received through sales of the tickets back to the festival organiser. They add that they are "very keen to learn where the money has gone" and are pursuing legal action to recover money they have spent as part of their business relationship with the festival.
A section of the statement reads: "Our trust in ATP seems to have been misplaced, as their emails to fans and customers today concerning refunds have become deliberately misleading. It is for this reason that we feel compelled to make it clear that Dash has given to ATP all funds that Dash received for ticket sales to Jabberwocky. In addition to giving ATP all the ticketing funds, Dash has made substantial advances to ATP which remain unpaid, as do considerable fees for the work we have undertaken on their behalf.
"It is important that everyone knows that Dash Tickets is in no way responsible for ATPs financial problems, nor with their conduct post cancellation. We are very keen to learn where the money has gone!"
One fan who bought tickets contacted NME to highlight the situation and alleged: "I know as music lovers we are supposed to support independent event organisers but ATP still plan to go ahead with ATP Iceland in 2015 without refunding people for the London festival first. Personally I lost £136 and want the money back."
Futher to ATP's legal issues with Dash, PR company The Zeitgeist Agency have distanced themselves from any involvement with Jabberwocky having originally handled press for the two-day event. A statement issued to NME reads: "Willwal Ltd have failed to pay us for several months. We have tried hard to overcome this situation and find solutions, but Willwal’s representatives have revealed to us in writing that they used the funds destined for us in order to protect payments for venue and artists, rather than settle essential and agreed amounts to our company.
"This situation has left our company with no alternative but to pursue Willwal Ltd by instituting legal proceedings on the 20th July to recover the substantial debt, to which Willwal Ltd have not responded. This is a course of action which as you can imagine, we have been very reluctant to take."
A number of bands who were scheduled to perform at Jabberwocky have begun arranging replacement gigs around London. Click here for the latest listings and to see where bands will be playing on Friday and Saturday.