London Grammar and Plan B owed over £100k each after Bestival collapse

London Grammar and Plan B owed over £100k each after Bestival collapse

The company behind Bestival collapsed owing hundreds of thousands of pounds to artists who performed at its 2018 event, according to new documents filed with Companies House

Bestival Ltd was forced into administration last month, leaving acts such as Saturday night headliner London Grammar (£175,000), Plan B (£105,000), Mura Masa (£70,000) and First Aid Kit (£38,500) on a list of more than 470 unsecured creditors owed a combined total of £3.76 million. 

Other artist debtors named in the report by administrator Begbies Traynor include Jimmy Cliff (owed £25,900), Django Django (£24,500), David Rodigan & The Outlook Orchestra (£24,500), Rudimental (DJ set - £24,500), Kelela (£14,000), Sundara Karma (£14,000), Hot Chip Megamix (£13,200), Mabel (£12,000) IAMDBB (£10,500), Solardo (£8,400), Craig Charles (£7,200), Not3s (£7,000) and Idles (£2,100). Entertainer Vic Reeves, who performed a reggae set, is owed £300. 

Additional creditors include AP Security (owed £334,839), production firm Entertee (£143,065), Dorset Police (£121,103), Power Logistics (£95,411), Rock City stage crew (£97,779) and Serious Stages (£65,835).

Bestival was founded by DJ Rob Da Bank and his wife Josie in 2004 and took place in the Isle Of Wight until switching to Lulworth Castle, Dorset, site of its family-oriented sister festival Camp Bestival, last year. 

Its assets were sold to Richmond Group, a secured creditor owed £2.14m, for £1.1m and have since been taken over by Live Nation-Gaiety and SJM Concerts.

While no announcement has been forthcoming, Bestival and Da Bank's Common People city festivals are not expected to take place in 2019. However, Camp Bestival is set to return from July 25-28 next year with the Da Banks back at the helm. Tickets went on sale today.

"With the help of Live Nation Gaiety and SJM we will really be able to bring more of our creative vision to life with the support structure needed going forward," they said in a statement. 

The new owners have pledged to fund discounts and refunds for Camp Bestival 2018 ticket holders after this year's edition was cut short by adverse weather.

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