Jun 20, 2016 11:35 AM

LaconiaFest shut down early after days of drama, some workers still unpaid


LACONIA - LaconiaFest was cancelled on its final day of scheduled performances Saturday following days of issues surrounding the event.

Workers told NH1 News the big problems started Thursday morning when it was discovered there was no cash on site, not even any for the cash drawers. Workers, many of whom were not getting paid, reached into their own pockets to buy ice to be able to keep the doors open.

Izzy Brake of Creative Impact was one of six original organizers of LaconiaFest, he says they expected the City to shut them down, but that never happened.

"We decided if we were going to get shut down, we had to at least be open first for them to do that. So everyone rallied together, reached into their own pockets to make sure there was ice for the beer and drinks and we stayed open to try to keep the show going," Brake said.

Staff told Bret Michaels about what was going on with the staff going unpaid. They all wanted to stay open to raise as much money as they could for the workers who had been there all week. Brake says Michaels and his crew put on a great show to support the staff.

"They went from rock legends to legendary," Brake said.

Friday afternoon, the tickets for Ted Nugent had gone from $67 to $5 to bring in as many people as possible. A few hundred attended the show Friday while Saturday's lineup was already unclear as the headliner Sevendust had already canceled.

At the time, the show was to go on Saturday with local bands, but the plug eventually was pulled, leaving bands stranded, and customers who had already bought tickets upset.

It's unclear exactly what happened, but at least three of the original organizers were no longer on site Thursday when all of the big problems started.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay the workers who still haven't seen any compensation for a weeks worth of travel and work.

Brake says it's disappointing there were so many problems surrounding this event. By the end of the week, his main focus was getting people paid.


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