Angry fans are considering taking legal action against the organisers of the Peaky Blinders festival in Birmingham.
The event, which took place in Digbeth between September 29 and 30, had promised fans the chance to be immersed in the TV show’s world, with Victorian-inspired street food, a vintage fairground, historical talks and more.
However, attendees were left unimpressed by the two-day festival, with many taking to social media afterwards to express their feelings. “Immersive was the wrong adjective to use when advertising this ‘event’. They should have gone with; #scandalous #dangerous or #dishonest. Need I say more?” wrote one fan.
Immersive was the wrong adjective to use when advertising this ‘event’. They should have gone with;#scandalous #dangerous #disappointing or #dishonest. Need I say more?#sham #peakyblinderslive #brum @BBCWatchdog @bizgrowth_John @brumtours @TweetingTailorhttps://t.co/fm9Ml5iLhs
— Lorraine Naylor (@lollovesvodka) October 5, 2018
Another tweeted about “hundreds of people [being] missold tickets, dangerous overcrowded conditions, [and] no security measures.” Other fans complained of huge queues to get to the bar and said the promised fairground was just one ferris wheel.
@BBCWatchdog please read this! Hundreds of people missold tickets, dangerous overcrowded conditions, no security measures and company boss Now dissolving company and deleting all contact details. Have a Facebook group of 80+ disgruntled customers https://t.co/DtXshCkGY8
— Gemma blaza (@BlazaGemma) October 2, 2018
Now, a Facebook group called Blinded By The Peaky Advertising has been set up, with almost 500 people signed up to find out what legal action can be taken against the organisers of the festival. One of the group, Amanda Seabourne, told Birmingham Live: “We’ve also emailed Companies House to ask them to investigate the integrity of both companies and their directors.
“I think we may organise a protest at their company offices in Staffordshire in the near future too. We’re also contacting trading standards.”
Organisers had responded to complaints in the form of a letter, in which they apologised for the event not “liv[ing] up to your expectations”.
“We appreciate that bar queues were too long for a two hour period on Saturday – however, we quickly reacted to the problem by adding additional bar staff and also added extra bar staff across for the Sunday event,” it read. The letter also stated that the event “was not oversold.”
The Peaky Blinders festival was not authorised by the production company behind the hit TV show, who issued a legal notice to the organisers before the event, which was ignored.
Meanwhile, Peaky Blinders will return for a fifth series in 2019, although an exact release date has not yet been confirmed. Filming on the new episodes began last week (October 4).