Disconnect Promoter Promises To Repay Creditors

Veteran Australian promoter Chris Knight of Spring Fever Events has promised to pay back A$100,000 ($77,453) owed to artists, staff and suppliers from the inaugural Disconnect festival by mid-May. 

The event was Dec. 11-13 in Pinjarra in regional West Australia. Only 3,000 attended despite a bill with Father John Misty, Neon Indian and Mercury Rev alongside Australian acts Flight Facilities, Meg Mac, The Jungle Giants and Touch Sensitive. One of its drawcards, Chet Faker, pulled out four days before. The low turnout and the state’s “faltering” live music market created a “significant financial shortfall,” Knight told the West Australian newspaper.

Spring Fever Events is courting investors to stage Disconnect this year. However, when it recently posted a request for a crowd survey on its Facebook page, and teased a return this year, angry creditors took to social media.

They complained of non-payment and emails not returned in four months. None of the local acts were paid, some said. According to the West Australian, security and audio production companies are owed A$50,000 ($38,726) and Danger Cabaret, which booked non-music acts for the festivals, children’s and late-night events, claimed A$25,000 ($19,360).

Its owner, Jasmine Clea Danks, said, “It was a great festival, but it was a lot of effort. Then to not pay people and organise another festival, it’s a real slap in the face.” Some creditors confirmed they were considering legal action to recover their money.