Bob Marley tribute festival promoter wins case against Manchester City Council

Sean Paul and Kymani Marley were due to play

Manchester City Council has lost a court case against a local music promoter after it was found to have cancelled his Bob Marley tribute concert unjustly.

Mike Forrester says his company Gold National Events lost up to £500,000 due to the cancellation of the 2008 gig, which was due to feature Sean Paul and Marley‘s son Kymani.

Although he was initially granted permission to stage the 15,000-capacity Fallowfield-based event, the council later ordered Forrester to cancel it, claiming they were acting on police advice.

The case, which was heard at Manchester‘s Civil Justice Centre, saw Detective Chief Supt David Keller of Greater Manchester Police state that although he did have concerns about whether Gold National Events was capable of organising the event, he did not advise the council to cancel it, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Mr Forrester reacted positively to the outcome, saying: “Manchester City Council had given no adequate reasoning for their refusal to honour the contract with Gold National Events and this has cost my company £500,000 from legal costs and loss of earnings. I am very proud of this positive outcome of the case as it represents an important landmark for the ‘ordinary man in the street’.”

A spokesman for the council expressed disappointment at the outcome. “The safety of patrons at the event was of course our primary concern,” they said.

The court is likely to decide on and award damages and costs to Forrester this September.