My hometown, Leyland, this year had a festival including approx. 100 musical acts. NONE of these acts got paid despite an incredible amount of money being brought to the businesses of Leyland. My band, Tipitina, were asked to play but I declined as we don’t play for free. I was then offered £200 to play, but asked to keep it a secret from all the other musical acts!
I didn’t play the festival as I had a bust-up with the organiser who seemed extremely untrustworthy. Somebody was making some money somewhere but it certainly wasn’t the musicians.