Promoter of Burnley's Towneley Live festival goes bust - but council will try to save event (From This Is Lancashire)
Promoter of Burnley's Towneley Live festival goes bust - but council will try to save event
THE promotion company behind Burnley's Towneley Live festival has gone into liquidation – but the leader of the council believes the event should be saved.
Towneley Live organisers Livewyre were wound up by the official receiver after a payment dispute with Burnley Football Club. The Lytham St Annes company was behind the 2011 spectacular which brought McFly and The Saturdays to the town with a crowd of 12,000 young music lovers.
But as revealed by the Lancashire Telegraph last year, Livewyre became embroiled in a legal row with the Turf Moor club.
Burnley FC offered discount tickets for the 2011 festival through its box office but it was also partners with Livewyre in that year’s Soccer Six tournament.
In a brief hearing at Blackpool County Court Livewyre, on a petition by ‘Burnley Football and Athletic Club Ltd’, the promoter was wound up and an official notice has now been published by the London Gazette.
Council leader Cooper said: “This is something that we have been behind 100 per cent as a council and we will look to do everything we can to ensure that it still goes ahead.”
Promoter Harry Ashworth took a year out from staging the event last year, claiming that the competition provided by the Olympics would have damaged ticket sales.
And there was speculation that the festival would return as a ‘two-day spectacular’ in 2013, when trading conditions improved. The official festival website has not been updated since April 2012.
Last night Mr Ashworth said that he did not want to comment on Livewyre going into liquidation, 'to avoid creating further problems.'
But he added: “This should be dealt with fairly quickly and everything should be back on. That’s the whole idea.”
Burnley FC did not comment on the winding-up petition.