“I live in California and I too had plans to attend the Rock Gone Wild festival,” says one rock fan who wishes to be identified as ScotleyCrue. “I am mad that this event is not taking place... I could scream. I’ve already cried! Some buddies and I from various states had a reunion planned where we were all going to meet up in Iowa and rock out for four days!
With fans like ScotleyCrue investing hundreds of dollars in tickets alone, the heat is on for answers.
Wednesday, Rock Gone Wild promoters met with attorney Ted Sporer to discuss refunds and if fans would be officially notified of the cancellation. Last Friday, festival organizers posted a statement online, stating that Northwood, Iowa based Diamond Jo Casino refused to honor its obligation to provide a venue for the event. Bring Back Glam! left a message with Rock Gone Wild attorney Ted Sporer late yesterday looking for resolution from that meeting. Mr. Sporer did not return the call.
“I don’t think we will ever hear from the Rock Gone Wild promoters again,” ScotleyCrue says sadly.
But what about all the other money? Ticket sales are just a small part of funds surrounding a multi-day open air event. Vendors purchased licenses to exhibit. Many of those licenses were at the thousand dollar mark. Sponsors also contributed money and time to get Rock Gone Wild off the ground. Then there’s the confusing estimation of how much volunteer work is actually worth. By all accounts, Rock Gone Wild had a stable of volunteers from the get-go, working on passing out flyers, posting on forums, making T-shirts and the like.
“There will be a chain of lawsuits,” Mr. Sporer told Bring Back Glam! earlier this week. The lawyer also said he fully expects vendors to sue Rock Gone Wild and such suits will roll-up into the bigger case Rock Gone Wild plans to wage against Diamond Jo Casino.
Auxiliary costs aside, there are still many questions about the true financial state of the festival. If things were going so well, why did promoters choose to move from Algona to Northwood at the elventh hour? If things were planned so well in advance, why did festival manager Nathalie Faghihi talk with Rob Rogers via phone just three weeks ago, asking for help securing sound and lighting? Do festivals wait so close to the event to secure such an integral vendor?
“It doesn’t happen,” affirms Mr. Rogers. “Twenty years in this business I’ve never seen it happen. Months before...probably three months minimum because you have to have those people advance out with the artists.”
Festival promoter Donnie Frizzell granted an interview to Wyldside Radio Monday night. Station owner Cory Parkin teased the 60 minute clip for three days, until pulling the plug on the interview during his broadcast last night. It seems Rock Gone Wild organizers claimed “legal issues” with the interview. Mr. Parkin says the interview is “very, very hot,” and he couldn’t morally air it but it does contain many answers for fans. If the answers to the ticketholders main questions are in that interview, why not air it? Did Mr. Frizzell place blame unduly on innocent parties? Were trade secrets revealed? It is Mr. Parkin’s right to air the interview – he doesn’t need clearance from Rock Gone Wild if Frizzell already granted him permission. During his disclaimer, Mr. Parkin explained that the interview could cause “problems for a lot of people.” The question many now have is just which group of people? The promoters or the ticketholders?
More to come.