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Sound Fest Loses Bigtime

Posted by: Dre Okorley (09/26/11)
The Seattle Weekly reports that some bands still haven't been paid in full a month later for performing at Sound Fest, which featured Broadway Calls, Lucero, Jello Biafra and many, many more.
Quote"To fans who attended, the event went off smoothly, but behind the scenes it was a different story, almost from the beginning. When word of Sound Fest made its way to Shawn Stern, founder of punk stalwarts Youth Brigade and the organizer of the annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament in Las Vegas, he sent an e-mail to bands and agents warning them against playing. 'After witnessing his disastrous attempts at promoting concerts around L.A.,' he said of promoter Lou Medrano, 'my friends and I felt it was important to warn others against working with him.' Unlike most punk festivals which start small and grow organically, Medrano and Early had no previous festival experience to draw on or financial figures to go by. The duo dreamed big, gambled big, and ultimately lost big. 'We knew going into it that all festivals don't make money in their first year,' Medrano said. 'But we didn't suspect that it would be this bad.'"


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10:51 AM on 09/26/11
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Never heard of it, but it sucks for the bands involved.
10:53 AM on 09/26/11
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That's probably why this happened.
10:54 AM on 09/26/11
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Interesting read but I would've liked more details.
10:54 AM on 09/26/11
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Dude seems like he just doesn't have the money to pay, not that he was a scammer. If the show makes no money, it's punk rock. Shut the fuck up and live with it. You weren't scammed.
10:55 AM on 09/26/11
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Wow that's horrendous. Are they going to sue the festival?
10:56 AM on 09/26/11
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Dude seems like he just doesn't have the money to pay, not that he was a scammer. If the show makes no money, it's punk rock. Shut the fuck up and live with it. You weren't scammed.
He shouldn't have done the festival then?
It's "punk rock" not to feed your families or pay your bills too, then, I guess.
11:02 AM on 09/26/11
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Dude seems like he just doesn't have the money to pay, not that he was a scammer. If the show makes no money, it's punk rock. Shut the fuck up and live with it. You weren't scammed.
You are an idiot.
11:03 AM on 09/26/11
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Dude seems like he just doesn't have the money to pay, not that he was a scammer. If the show makes no money, it's punk rock. Shut the fuck up and live with it. You weren't scammed.

I never thought about it like that. Bands should get cheated out of their money more often- it's totally punk rock bro. Fuck them for expecting to get paid for doing their job, right?
11:04 AM on 09/26/11
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Don't most bands have a guarantee that is agreed upon that the receive before they would even leave the show??
11:08 AM on 09/26/11
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Dude seems like he just doesn't have the money to pay, not that he was a scammer. If the show makes no money, it's punk rock. Shut the fuck up and live with it. You weren't scammed.
"Hey, ______. I know I guaranteed to pay you $5,000 but I thought you were really here for punk! Isn't that what matters?!"
11:09 AM on 09/26/11
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Don't most bands have a guarantee that is agreed upon that the receive before they would even leave the show??
Typically yeah, but money doesn't grow on trees. If the money doesn't exist, you don't just reach up your ass and pull a hundo out.
11:20 AM on 09/26/11
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Dude seems like he just doesn't have the money to pay, not that he was a scammer. If the show makes no money, it's punk rock. Shut the fuck up and live with it. You weren't scammed.
So getting ripped off after flying from across the country on your dime to play at a festival that made no money is punk rock? I never knew, you must be the greatest punk ever or something!
11:21 AM on 09/26/11
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Dude seems like he just doesn't have the money to pay, not that he was a scammer. If the show makes no money, it's punk rock. Shut the fuck up and live with it. You weren't scammed.
So I know a few people have already let you know that you're an idiot.

But yeah you're an idiot.
11:22 AM on 09/26/11
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Dude seems like he just doesn't have the money to pay, not that he was a scammer. If the show makes no money, it's punk rock. Shut the fuck up and live with it. You weren't scammed.
lol. grow up. this is real life.
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