An End To Summer Madness

London-based promoter John Curd was expected to meet the creditors of his Homegrown Events Feb. 2 before putting the company into liquidation.

Media reports from the Isle Of Wight, where Curd’s company produced the annual Summer Madness open-air, quoted insolvency practitioners Kallis & Company saying Homegrown has debts of about £132,000 and no means of paying them.

At press time it wasn’t possible to reach Curd for confirmation of a story in the island’s County Press that said Go Outdoor Media Ltd., another of his companies, is also believed to be insolvent and going through the administrative process.

Homegrown’s creditors are said to include the cash-strapped Isle Of Wight Council, sound and lights specialist Spyder UK, and IOW band The Bees, which is said to be owed half of its fee for playing last year’s Summer Madness.

One of the creditors, farmer Stuart Dungey of Froglands Farm, Carisbrooke, said he was happy to have had the festival on his land but – if he were approached again – he’d want some guarantees that everyone would get paid.