IDLES, Kelly Lee Owens and Lanterns On The Lake cut ties with SSD Concerts following employee mistreatment allegations

The company has denied wrongdoing, and a man has been arrested in connection with a social media hack

IDLES, Lanterns On The Lake and Kelly Lee Owens have announced that SSD Concerts will no longer be promoting upcoming shows following allegations of employee mistreatment.

The claims, which were posted on workplace review website Glassdoor, were shared with screenshots on the company’s Instagram account, when it was reportedly hacked. The accusations include “underpaying” workers, “offensive” language and people being made to feel “uncomfortable” at work.

SSD Concerts, which was responsible for bringing the world’s first socially distanced gigs to Newcastle last year, currently has an overall 1.4 star rating on the website out of 21 reviews from people claiming to be former employees.

The company has denied the claims, calling them “false and malicious”, and insist that they do “not tolerate bullying, harassment or discrimination in any form”.

Last night (April 1), IDLES took to Instagram to inform fans that SSD would no longer be promoting their show at Newcastle City Hall next year.

“In light of the recent allegations against SSD Concerts, we would like to make it clear that they will no longer be promoting our show at Newcastle City Hall on 2 February 2022,” the band’s statement began.

“For anyone that has experienced sexual harassment or bullying in the workplace here are some useful resources from @goodnightoutcampaign.”

They also included the Good Night Out campaign website address and informed fans that the link was also in their Instagram bio.

Kelly Lee Owens then followed suit today (April 2), telling fans on Twitter: “In light of increasingly worrying allegations made against SSD Concerts my shows in the North East will no longer be promoted by them. My team are working on alternative options and ticket buyers will be notified.”

Earlier this week, the Mercury-nominated Lanterns on the Lake told fans in a statement on Instagram they would be “unwilling” to go ahead with a gig still promoted by SSD, accusing the company of causing “pain, stress and discomfort” to some of its employees.

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Tyneside venue The Boiler also cut ties with the firm. “In response to serious allegations concerning their management, we have ceased accepting bookings from SSD Concerts,” they wrote in a statement on Facebook. “We will not compromise our ethos: Boiler Shop is dedicated to being a welcoming, respectful and inclusive venue.”

Read SSD’s full statement on the allegations and the hack below.

Police are currently investigating the hack of SSD’s social media accounts, with one arrest made so far.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “We can confirm we received a report that the social media account of SSD Concerts had been hacked earlier this week. Enquiries to identify the person responsible have been ongoing and on Wednesday a 25-year-old man was arrested. He has since been issued with a caution for the offence of performing a function that gains unauthorised access to a computer.”

Earlier this week, IDLES confirmed their live return this summer, with the band set to play two separate shows on September 3. The Bristol punks will perform a special afternoon set at the inaugural edition of London’s Wide Awake festival, before travelling back to their native city for a huge homecoming show at Clifton Downs.

Meanwhile, IDLES drummer Jon Beavis has announced that he’s taking part in a charity run to support women’s organisations Rosa and Reclaim These Streets.

Having released one of the best albums of 2020 with the acclaimed ‘Inner Song’, Kelly Lee Owens upcoming UK tour dates will now also include a stop at London’s All Points East Festival this summer.