Alex James distances himself from people behind Harvest

Blur man says their voluntary administration is 'bolt from the blue'

Alex James distances himself from people behind Harvest

Chris Eustace on 08 November 2011

Big Wheel Promotions went into voluntary administration last week, with creditors including a local school, Kingham Primary School, which is owed £7000.

Amid rumours many performers have also not been paid, ticket holders who have already brought 2012 tickets are uncertain as to what will happen to the festival next year.

In a statement, the Blur bassist said: "I am appalled by Big Wheel's financial management of the festival held at my farm which has left many out of pocket".

He went on: "Please be aware that I have no relationship with Big Wheel, beyond allowing them to stage the Harvest Festival at my farm and - regrettably - to use my name to stage the event.

“At no stage was there ever any indication that they would be unable to meet their costs. The news has come as a complete bolt from the blue".

Alex James' Harvest took place on his farm in Kingham, Oxfordshire in September, with The Kooks, KT Tunstall and Benjamin Francis Leftwich among the performers at the event.

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