Canada’s Amnesia Rockfest: Something’s Fishy

Marilyn Manson

I was directed by one of our readers Luke to this story, which claims organizers behind the Amnesia Rockfest are asking bands to pay to play their event.

Pay to play is nothing new. Venues do it all the time to locals looking for an opening slot on a national headliner coming through town. But this sounds fucking shady.

The article, which I had to translate and poorly, contends Alex Martel, founder of Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, said last week most of the tickets to the fest were sold.

Some local bands complained to the media, as Martel allegedly requires many local and emerging acts to sell at least 50 tickets for the right to go on his stage.

At a rate of nearly $98 pass, that’s about $ 4,900 each band has to sell in tickets just to for the right to perform.

Contracts claim all unsold tickets must be paid for out of the pockets of the artists who fail to sell them.

“More than a half-dozen metal bands from around music deplored what they consider to be … a blatant disregard for emerging artists,” says the article. “Afraid of being banned from future editions, they all spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement they [signed] forbade them to disclose any clause.”

A contract obtained by media outlets claims the more tickets a band sells, the better a slot they’ll get on the fest.

That doesn’t seem right. Several bands, as a result, have allegedly dropped off of the fest.

The fest is happening today and tomorrow, and boasts the likes of Killswitch Engage, Bad Brains, Black Flag, The Deftones, and Marilyn Manson.

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