Late on Thursday night 26th November an event was added to facebook by a group calling themselves 'Sound King Events'...
With festivals closing down (Soulfest, Maclaren Falls, Echo) & artists being dropped from line ups (Raggamuffin - CeLo Green & Beanie Man) or not even getting in to the country (Chris Brown) the industry has suffered some knocks... but the latest is simply a scam - a complete fabrication & fraud from a group calling themselves 'SoundKing'.
SoundKing adopted an address of a prominent & reputable event organiser on High Street in Auckland & announced they were launching their first public event, a 3 day "non stop" New Years Festival 'GloWGTN' on the waterfront in Wellington... featuring Fat Freddy's Drop, Shapeshifter, Ladi6 amongst a diverse & literally fantastic line up - but clues came with Stereogram [sic] spelt incorrectly & acts that are no longer performing together. Furthermore, many acts already have events booked in the region at the time.
We checked their domain & found it led nowhere... after some more investigation we discovered their 0800 number was an IT support for an Australian based brewery. Our friends at ARTIVIST took control of the twitter account & domain while we made checks with the Wellington City Council & promoters who would be affected. Meanwhile, the scammers had posted information regarding their domain & ticketing would be up & running "soon"...
It's a SCAM!
MORAL : BEWARE - purchase tickets from reputable promoters only!
Plan BETA may have averted a serious scam. We'll keep you updated!
FRI 27 NOV; 18.40 / update : the scammers have not realised they have been uncovered.
It seems they are still considering putting tickets on sale at "$45 earlybirds, $75 after Dec15th" & announced tickets on sale 6PM 30 Nov.
SAT 28 NOV; 10.34 / update : after direct threat of legal action the event page is removed.