Not looking like there is any proper safety around it. Hair Metal Heaven in Hull last weekend. The VIP tickets were not cheap and they were supposed to be treated to a special acoustic appearance from a band but because the organiser seemed to be running around like a headless chicken, he didn't have the full cash to pay the artist so they refused to play. Its embarrassing to the scene. Everyone says oh poor organiser, he worked so hard bringing the artists in but hang on, he didn't pay them and yet people paid extra for a service they didn't receive. Its getting worse all the time.
Just have a read of this http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/whats-on/gig-organiser-forced-borrow-50k-406367?service=responsive
Then a few weeks ago the complete cock up in Liverpool at Hope & Glory festival http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/live-hope-glory-festival-latest-13438301
My festival budget is probably less than one band gets at festivals like these but at least we have not had the same problems because we are not over-stretching. There needs to be more control to stop every Facebook promoter starting a 'festival' that then damages the scene more when things such as those two happen.
My team work damn hard all year round for our event. We have meetings at least once a month. We fill in all paperwork, we have proper insurance in place. We have back up contingency plans in place for absolutely every eventuality and we are just a team of 4 people running it. So it angers me that these people with their big ideas but no cash and no experience can just rock up and say they are going to put on a festival!
Sorry, rant over hahaha!!!