High Court in London makes ruling...
The Hop Farm

The founder of the Mean Fiddler Group, Irish promoter Vince Power changed the face of summer festivals in Britain.

The promoter turned Reading and Leeds festival into the leviathan it is today, before turning his attention to more boutique events.

Most recently running the Hop Farm Festival, a High Court ruling in London has now banned Vince Power from hosting live music events.

In the ruling, Power was judged to have been operating without the necessary licenses for promoting live music.

The PRS (Performers' Rights Society) argue that Vince Power did not have the correct license between 2009 and 2012 - during which time the likes of Lou Reed, Florence & The Machine and countless others played at the Hop Farm.

A spokesperson from PRS said: "A licence is required for any event except a family or domestic gathering, such as a wedding reception or birthday party."

Failing to appear at the ruling, a judge delivered the verdict in the promoters' absence. Vince Power was also ordered to play £7,987 in legal costs run up by PRS.

(via BBC)

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