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‘Lack of information’ prevents liquidation of bust promoter

1 January 2018

DORSET-BASED promoter Stephen C Associates (SCA), which apparently ceased trading more than six months ago has left creditors – including fans seeking ticket refunds – in limbo.

The company, run by Stephen McManus, collapsed in July (see LIVE UK issue 211), leaving thousands of people chasing tickets refunds for two cancelled shows by Olly Murs, at Exeter’s Powderham Castle (cap. 10,000) and Bournemouth’s King’s Park (10,000).

A concert by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Powderham was also abandoned.

At the time, London-based Red Box, which provided the white label ticketing system for SCA, said in a statement, “All payments for tickets were made directly to Stephen C Associates which is now insolvent and is expected to go into liquidation shortly”.

“The company is not in liquidation as we have not been provided with sufficient information to commence the process,” Nicky Fisher, a partner at insolvency firm Herron and Fisher, tells LIVE UK.

“At this stage all we can do is contact the creditors that contact us. We have no control over the company.”

Primary ticketing agencies Gigantic and The Ticket Factory sold a number of tickets for the affected shows and provided customers with refunds, but as the majority of tickets were sold through SCA, many fans are still seeking money.

Fisher says she could not give details about the amount owed to creditors. McManus was unavailable for comment as LIVE UK went to press.

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