Exclusive: Hop Farm Festival boss challenges newspaper claims

Vince Power denies Hop Farm Festival owed millions

Exclusive: Hop Farm Festival boss challenges newspaper claims

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Swindells - 06 March 2013

Hop Farm Festival in Paddock Wood, Kent went into administration in September 2012, still owing a number of creditors, including acts and local businesses. Suede were reportedly owed £46,000 and Peter Gabriel £100,000 at the time of liquidation, veteran song and dance man Bruce Forsyth was also owed £9,000.
 
Other artists reportedly still unpaid at the time of the companies liquidation included Damien Rice, Billy Ocean, Primal Scream, Richard Ashcroft, Kool & The Gang and George Clinton.
 
The article in Kent on Sunday reported that the festival company collapsed owing £4.6 million, including £22,648 to local police and £163,000 to the festival site, Paddock Wood.
 
Vince Power has already stated that he plans to return with the festival in 2013, over the weekend of July 5-7, promising an announcement regarding this year's event is 'imminent'. The festival mogul, currently in Madrid, repeated these comments as he gave this official statement exclusively to Virtual Festivals:

“The Hop Farm will happen this year, this is one blip in my career spanning over 30 years.

All suppliers and artists are working with me and many of the suppliers have been with me for many years, through the Reading, Phoenix and Homelands days. They are being very supportive. I spent and paid artists alone approx. £350 million over the years.

The losses reported are inaccurate. The Hop farm never lost 4.8million. These losses included a group of companies in Kent Festival Ltd.

I have no doubt that this year’s Hop Farm will be successful along with FIB Benicassim in Spain.

This is a cheap piece of journalism from Kent on Sunday. It’s a public company so all the info is public knowledge. The local rag is supposed to be for the community. The Hop Farm Festival is loved by the people of Kent and there is no value in spreading inaccurate reports and doubt with regards to The Hop Farm Music Festival.
 
In the words of Winston Churchill… "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”

Kent Festival Ltd was a subsidiary of Music Festivals plc, the publicly-traded company run by Vince Power that went into administration in September 2012 and was then dissolved in November. Power has since started All Music Live Ltd which has acquired the rights to stage the FIB Benicassim and the Hop Farm event. No further confirmation or details about the return of Hop Farm have been made public.

Hop Farm Festival began in 2008 and over its five year run featured performances from Prince, Eagles, Bob Dylan, Florence and the Machine, Morrissey and Suede.


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