Apparently Neil Young is considering pulling out of this as he’s not at all happy about the organisers announcing him without his knowledge and the fact that the festival is sponsored by Barclays Bank.
From Neil Young Archives:
You. . . . . . . who were taken by surprise waking up to the BOB DYLAN / NEIL YOUNG - HYDE PARK CONCERT announcement posted on every outlet except NYA, might wonder why it was not on NYA. . . .and you should. We’re sorry.
Like you, I had no idea the announcement was coming that day…
I was still finessing the art for the poster and trying to make sure that all the details of the show were agreeable to me. Then, suddenly, someone jumped the gun. The tickets were put on sale and the announcement was made, all without my knowledge.
We promised you that you would learn first at NYA about all of my activities and have first access to pre-sale tickets. You didn’t.
I was angry.
At NYA, our subscribers, excited to order their pre-sale tickets, were frustrated and dismayed to find tickets were not available.
‘Letters to the Editor’ began arriving. Some folks felt confused, resentful, even angry, left dumbfounded or simply curious.
The revelations kept coming.
I’m a vampire baby
-suckin’ blood from the Earth
-In addition, I learned that the show had a sponsor, ‘Barclays Bank’, a fossil fuel funding entity.
That doesn’t work for me. I believe in Science. I worry about the Climate Crisis and am deeply concerned about its massive global ramifications and my beautiful grandchildren’s future.
I ain’t singin’ for Pepsi;
Don’t sing for Coke.
I won’t sing for nobody
makes me feel like a joke. . . .
There’s no doubt about it - Its been a massive @#$%& up!
Subsequently, the NYA team has had many ‘Come to Jesus’ meetings.
At the moment, we are trying to rectify the situation and will soon update you on the status of the Hyde Park show. We have been talking about requiring a different sponsor as one option.
We are quite confident that nothing like this will ever happen again. We’re sorry for this situation - it is - and shall remain an anomaly.
All of us here at NYA are continuing to work to provide you with the best, no bullshit, immersive quality experience, exactly what you deserve, without compromising our integrity.
It’s on the line.
To Neil and Neil Young
We take great pride in being the guardian of Neil’s music for over 50 years.
And equal pride in Neil Young Archives, something we believe is a very important work. To our subscribers, we made a promise that they would be the first ones advised of any shows and the first to be able to buy tickets.
To say we fell short of our obligations on the announcement and pre-sales for the Hyde Park show is an understatement and we disappointed a lot of people. We lost focus and the entire team at Lookout Management apologizes for promises not kept to our subscribers.
We have tried to rectify this as best we can by making sure that tickets are available for Neil Young Archives subscribers. I personally really must apologize for this lapse because working as the custodian of Neil Young Archives is very serious to me. Neil’s life’s work has been mine as well. We will make every effort to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.
And from Thrashers Wheat
We here at Thrasher's Wheat are totally down with Neil on getting righteous about the rampant unethical promoters. In fact, we're totally down with everyone also getting down on corruption and speakin' out.
Neil has been trying to be as upfront as he can with the NYA subscriptions. So, as soon as the site finally launches and ... BOOM. What might have been the biggest pre-sale the site will possibly ever see again suddenly goes out the window. The concert of a lifetime for both Bob and Neil's entire respective careers and yet the rollout is so totally f-'ed up by the greedy hands.
Respect, trust, full disclosure, transparency are what matters and Neil's taking the stand. Taking the rap.
So who else is gonna standup?________________Keep on rolling.......
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2018-12-09 21:42 by Hairball.