Wenn sich jemand Jeremy Underground nennt, dann sollte man doch denken, dass diese Person Underground nicht nur zu buchstabieren weiß. Allerdings hat der Abstraktclub in Edinburgh / Schottland heute den Gig von Jeremy am Freitag abgesagt und das mit fehlendem ‚Underground‘-Appeal begründet. Okay, das ist nicht ganz korrekt. Es ist doch wohl normal, dass man auf sein Fünf-Sterne-Hotel besteht und es total inakzeptabel findet, in einem schäbigen Vier-Sterne-Bunker abgestellt zu werden. Wo sind wir denn? Mal im Ernst. Wohin soll das alles führen? Denken viele Künstler, dass der Clubbetreiber nichts Besseres zu tun hat, als sich mit Hotel-Wünschen und Hospitality-Ridern herum zu ärgern?
Es gibt auch einige deutsche Künstler, die einen Hang zum Größenwahn haben. „Ich brauche unbedingt eine Senior-Suite und keine Junior-Suite.“
Und damit meinen wir nicht die wirklichen Top-Stars. Die sind meistens recht entspannt und buchen sich ihr Hotel sogar gerne selbst.
Ach ja, dass ein Booker den Clubbetreibern jetzt Gewalt androht, ist schon eine besondere Dimension des Schreckens. Der Booker ist im Übrigen auch verantwortlich für Black Coffee und Culoe de Song.
Hier das Statement des Clubs:
It is with regret that we have decided to cancel the performance of Jeremy Underground at this Friday’s Abstrakt launch party.
We have done so as a point of principle, against certain DJs/artists bullying small promoters and holding them to ransom over ridiculous demands.
After booking the artist a night in an expensive 4 star hotel, we were told that he did not approve and (despite the contract simply asking for 1 room in a ‘4 star or 5 star standard hotel’) that the artist required a „5 star hotel with a sauna and gym”.
Reluctantly, we agreed to swallow the money already lost on booking the first hotel and found a room at the Apex Grassmarket (with a sauna and gym in order to appease the agent/artist). At the agent/artist’s further request, we agreed to book this hotel for 3 nights rather than 1 – at a total cost of £788.
Tonight, we received an email stating that the artist did not approve of this hotel and would ONLY stay in the Sheraton Grand. The agent did say that the artist would reimburse us for 2 of the 3 nights at this hotel, but given that the Sheraton Grand’s cheapest room was £614 per night, we stood to lose £614 + £788 + £149 = £1,551 on the artist’s hotel room alone.
After pleading with the agent that we already stood to lose thousands of pounds on this event (aside from the £1,551 on wasted hotel rooms) and were promoting it for a love of music, the scene and admiration for the artist, we were again told that the artist really needed to stay in the Sheraton Grand as “this will in turn provide the best possible performance”.
At this point, we sent the following e-mail to the agent;
„We’ve agreed that this is simply not worthwhile and that it’s best we just cut our losses.
I find this so disappointing. It’s against everything the underground scene / house music is meant to stand for and is exactly the type of behaviour that is making so many promoters stop promoting parties – especially in small cities like Edinburgh where we do it because of our passion for the music and not to make money. Agents / artists acting like this will eventually be the downfall of the scene.
We simply don’t want to work with someone like this.
For these reasons, we’re going to cancel the booking.”
3 hours later, the agent responded by saying that Jeremy was now ready to “pay for the (new) hotel out of his own pocket”. Please bare in mind that this still left us £937 out of pocket in wasted hotel rooms. By this point, we had organised a replacement line up and were adamant on standing firm against the agency’s bullying, after they had clearly realised they’d pushed too far and backtracked on their demands. We are simply not prepared to work with this agency/artist (who’s stage name is ‘Underground’!) and would rather lose money and let people know the truth of a situation that is all too common in the modern scene.
After informing them of this, we immediately received threats of a physically intimidating nature (shown in the screenshots attached).
[NB – having paid the full booking fee and 50% artist fee on time, as well as very expensive travel costs, we always planned to pay the remaining 50% artist fee until we received the threatening messages demanding such payment. The people behind this party have booked many, many artists over many years and never once reneged on full payment of any artist or agent’s fee.]
On a positive note, we have assembled an amazing replacement line up, where a very special guest (TBA in the next few hours) will play an extended b2b with Sub Club legend Domenic Cappello, supported by the rising star of Kieran Apter. We have also now been granted an extended 4am license for this event.
Tickets for this event are on sale now at only £6 from Skiddle / RA;
Anyone who has already bought a ticket to this event can receive a rebate to match the new ticket price on entry.
Come down, have a great party and support us as we stand firm against the people running an ‘underground’ ‘subculture’ we all love into the ground!
PS – one lucky ticket buyer will win a night in an otherwise unused 4 star Edinburgh spa hotel ;)