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Huka Entertainment downsizes after collapse of Pemberton Music Festival

By | Published on Tuesday 30 May 2017

Pemberton Music Festival

The boss of US-based live music firm Huka Entertainment has confirmed that the company has started laying off staff following the collapse of the Pemberton Music Festival.

As previously reported, the Canadian festival, due to take place in July, went into bankruptcy earlier this month, with poor ticket sales and currency fluctuations being partly blamed. As Ernst & Young began work on the bankruptcy, those who had bought tickets were told that they’d have to join the queue of unsecured creditors seeking to get their money back, unless their bank or credit card company provided any guarantees, in which case a refund may be available there.

Huka Entertainment promoted the festival, though the business had been set up so it was basically a supplier to the owner of the event’s site, which in turn controlled the Pemberton Music Festival company. It was said site owner, rather than Huka, who decided to put that company into bankruptcy.

Speaking to Billboard, Huka CEO Evan Harrison confirmed that the collapse of the event had had an impact on his business. “We had layoffs to scale down appropriately”, he confirmed, before adding that the company still had “a concert-tour team as well as a scaled-down festival team”.

Again stressing that Huka was basically a supplier to the festival, he went on: “We, too, are a vendor of Pemberton who was caught off-guard by this”.



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