Promoter of Cancelled Punk Rock Picnic Finally Sued By Fed-Up Vendor Who Wants His Money Back

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Javier Cabral
Punk Rock Picnic 2012 at Oak Canyon Ranch
So remember that whole Punk Rock Picnic Music Festival thing that a lot of people paid money for but never happened? Finally, after three months of ticket holders and vendors waiting for refunds from the cancelled fest, someone has finally launched a lawsuit in small claims court against the show's promoter in an effort to recoup losses. The whole debacle--including an explanation of how the identity of Smith's festival was stolen from the original Punk Rock Picnic--is the subject of this week's cover story, on newsstands tomorrow.

Recently, Gregg White, owner of L.A.-based  mom-and-pop punk label Vacant Lot Entertainment served Picnic promoter Steve Smith with a lawsuit filed in Laguna Hills Justice Center for failing to pay back his vendor investment of almost $1,000 paid last October.

See Also: What the Hell Happened to the Punk Rock Picnic?

The festival, originally scheduled for April 13 and 14 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, first advertised headliners Danzig and GWAR late last year. Then, both headliners mysteriously dropped off the bill, replaced by D.R.I. and Anti-Nowhere League. The bill also featured dozens of local bands who sold tickets to their fans. Tickets on the site ranged from $35 for a one day pass to $150 for a two-day all access VIP pass.

When fans, bands and vendors first heard about the cancellation in March via the event's Facebook page, Smith left a statement promising to refund money to ticket holders if he could not find an alternate location. Soon after, he'd also informed us via Facebook that refunds for ticket sales and vendor fees would begin to be processed on April 15. White paid for a booth at the festival and says that process servers tried to locate Smith for several weeks before successfully serving him. Even though the financial loss wasn't devastating, White says it's the principle of being stolen from that inspired the lawsuit.

"Payment of course is an entirely separate issue, who knows if we'll ever get that money back from Steve," White says. "But if we can help ourselves and the ticket holders we've been in touch with, then we've done our part. The money isn't the issue, it's the principle of being ripped off and not rolling over and taking it." The hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Laguna Hills Harbor Justice Center.

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13 comments
Fong Trinh
Fong Trinh

"Tickets on the site ranged fro, $35 for a one day pass to $150 for a two-day all access VIP pass." Bloggers proofread better than this.

chatterboxxx79
chatterboxxx79

Contact one of the Court Television shows that are still airing (Supreme Court of Comedy, Judge Judy, Judge Mathis, Judge Joe Brown, etc.) The show will pay you the judgement from the production company, they cut you a check within 1 month. They would love this on television, they would probably tear him apart :) Dude is a scandelous fuck that has taken advantage of the punk scene. Not cool man.... "UNITED WE STAND"

Otis Denim
Otis Denim

"someone is has finally launched a small lawsuit in small claims court" - GREAT WORK NATE ! We don't need no stinkin' copy ed !

Ward Anderson
Ward Anderson

I heard he just bought a yacht too...must be nice

Nate
Nate

@Fong Trinh All fixed, Fong...guess I'll get back to the thankless task of actually finding shit out about the world so you don't have to.

Nate
Nate

@Otis Denim All fixed up for, ya Otis...btw, sweet hat.

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