Vince Power - Vince Power: 'I Knew Nothing About Licence Problems'
British festival guru Vince Power is adamant he was not told about the licensing dispute which sparked his ban from holding public music events.
This week (begs28Jul14), Power was slapped with a ban at London's High Court for hosting Britain's Hop Farm Festival between 2009 and 2012 without a proper licence.
The legal action was brought by officials at the Performing Rights Society for Music (Prs) and Power, who once helmed Britain's Reading & Leeds Festival, did not defend the claims and the ruling was made in his absence.
Organisers for the Hop Farm event have now posted a message on their Facebook.com page, writing that Power had no knowledge of the dispute with Prs bosses.
They add a statement from Power, which reads, "I am angry and disappointed that Prs have not contacted me by post, email or telephone. To say that I am banned from staging live music events for the sake of (paying for a licence), is damaging to my career.
"In light of the long strained relationship I have with them, I can only see this as Prs being vindictive and a means of deflection for what I see as the real problem within Prs; They have a long list of artists that are owed money which they do not pay. I am very happy for any Artists who have been chasing Prs unsuccessfully to contact me to see if there is a way we can group together and get the money they are owed."
Power has been told he cannot host another festival until he buys an appropriate licence, and he also has to pay $13,577 (£7,987) in legal costs.