Thursday, September 12, 2013

Raggamuffin 2014 : Marley, Morgan...

Damian Marley & Morgan Heritage were announced for Raggamuffin Festival 2014 last night, along with Shaggy, Groundation, Rebel Souljahs, Tiki Taane, Sons of Zion, Three Houses Down, House of Shem, and more. Damian Marley has visited our shores before, last time with Nas, and I recall seeing his stunning show at the St James in the mid 2000s, that was incredible. Well worth catching.

Raggamuffin promoter Andrew McManus was in the news again recently, over some financial difficulties with his companies. See Promoter Andrew McManus’ Companies Facing Financial Collapse.

His most recent NZ show was supposed to be with Fleetwood Mac, but he lost that show to another promoter. He'd booked Fleetwood Mac to perform at the stadium in Dunedin, however, the show was subsequently scrapped when the band switched promoting companies to Live Nation Entertainment, leaving the Melbourne-based promoter out of pocket. (Source)

Forsyth Barr Stadium charged McManus a $50,000 cancellation fee, as per the contract. Outraged, McManus fired back telling The Otago  Daily Times the cancellation fee was “morally and professionally wrong” and that he planned to sue the venue for the same amount."

The fee was later reduced to $15,000, which McManus agreed to pay. "An olive branch was put to me, which I accepted to avoid long-term legal fees and so I can walk away from this," said McManus. (source)

Previously, in Sept 2011 McManus cancelled the Australian dates of Raggamuffin, and announced plans to double the capacity of the Rotorua venue, to 60,000.

In 2010, Andrew McManus Presents (NZ) Ltd became embroiled in a legal dispute with the reggae band Herbs. On the brink of a court date, the company went into liquidation. It owed $394,000 to creditors.

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