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Hop Farm's Vince Power 'angry and disappointed' with PRS over festival ban

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Hop Farm festival founder Vince Power has responded to the High Court ruling, which has banned him from hosting live music events.

Power said that he has not received any correspondence from the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) about outstanding monies.

Vince Power

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Vince Power has been ordered to pay PRS a total of £7,987


The High Court in London found the promoter guilty of holding events without a licence, and ordered Power to pay PRS £7,987.

A spokesperson for the festival organiser said that the sum was "minuscule" in comparison to the amount of money paid to PRS over the years by Power.

They added that any money outstanding would have been dealt with by the administrators for Power's company Music Festivals plc when it went into administration in October 2012.

Power released the following statement: "I am angry and disappointed that PRS have not contacted me by post, email or telephone. To say that I am banned from staging live music events for the sake of 7k, is damaging to my career.

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Hop Farm Music Festival was relaunched under new management last month


"In light of the long strained relationship I have with them, I can only see this as PRS being vindictive and a means of deflection for what I see as the real problem within PRS - they have a long list of artists that are owed money which they do not pay.

"I am very happy for any artists who have been chasing PRS unsuccessfully to contact me to see if there is a way we can group together and get the money they are owed."

Hop Farm festival was cancelled in 2013 due to financial difficulties, but returned under new management last month.

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