Ocean Colour Sceneare claiming a fee of around #150,000 is owed to them by Mean Fiddler Organisation Events after the cancellation of last year’s Phoenix Festival.
The band were due to headline one of the days at the July event along with New Order and Prodigy.
Unlike their fellow headliners, who transferred to the Mean Fiddler’s Reading Festival, OCS already had commitments, headlining a gig at Stirling Castle in Scotland.
They turned down a chance to play Reading in an early afternoon slot and are claiming that Mean Fiddler never offered them a cancellation fee.
According to music industry trade paper Music Week, OCS management has obtained a winding-up order against Mean Fiddler subsidiary MFO Events which is in the hands of the Official Receiver. The Receiver put the company’s debts at more than #1million.
The Receiver could decide to liquidate MFO Events’ assets in an attempt to pay off its debtors. This would happen at the High Court or a county court hearing.
The Mean Fiddler would not comment, telling NME: “We never discuss anything like that in the press.”
Last year’s Phoenix Festival was cancelled due to poor advance ticket sales but the event will go ahead in 1999 from July 15-18 at Long Marston, Stratford-Upon-Avon, promoted by the Mean Fiddler.