Grillstock Festival, the annual music and food festival which takes place on Bristol’s Harbourside, have announced that the 2018 edition of the event has been postponed.
Hendrick Limited, who own and run the Grillstock restaurants and festival, announced in a statement that the festival would be postponed until 2019 due to having a “very short time frame to deliver the operational elements of the event.”
This comes a month before the festival was due to take place, with the organisers having reassured ticket buyers in February that the festival would still take place, following concerns about the company having filed for bankruptcy back in October of last year.
As soon as Grillstock made the announcement, reports began to surface from several acts, vendors and suppliers who came forward claiming they had not been paid by the directors of the festival for their services, and that receiving payment in previous years had also been “difficult.”
Bobby Anderson, who has played the festival for the last two previous years, published a Facebook post speaking out against the festival, due to still being owed money for playing last year’s event. When we spoke with Mr. Anderson, he explained that the festival were also difficult to reach in terms of contact.
“The only way we were able to get contact details [for Grillstock] at all was through a separate promotion company who books acts on the festival’s behalf.”
When discussing the lack of payment, Mr. Anderson explained; “They postponed our pay (even lying about a returned bank transfer) until Grillstock’s bankruptcy was officially filed. This left us and many others to deal with administration debt collection which can take upwards of two years.”
Following their bankruptcy filing, the company name and image rights were purchased by two of its previous directors, Suzette Lim and Barry McMurdock, who announced plans to carry on the festival.
Bristol Live Magazine have reached out to Grillstock’s representatives for further comment.