The owners of enduring and popular Sydney live music hub The Bald Faced Stag have sensationally removed the pub’s lease holder, amid a torrent of allegations that the management failed to pay bands that played at the venue, including notable local and international acts The Peep Tempel and the Dillinger Escape Plan.
The Music reports today that at least some of the bands that performed at the venue last year were left out of pocket by tens of thousands of dollars, with venue landlord, Marvan Hotels, moving to remove the lease holder, Ulladulla Property Services Ltd, from the business on January 20th, citing a raft of slights including abandonment and non-payment of rent.
Anonymous reports suggest that Ulladulla owes the Dillinger Escape Plan and the Peep Tempel, who both sold out the Stag in October last year, $40,000 and $10,000 respectively after the property services group withheld most, if not all, money accumulated through pre-sale tickets.
Marvan confirmed the Stag will remain open despite the booting, and that they themselves will take over operations of the pub, with business and previously booked gigs to go on as normal.
A statement issued by Marvan moved to assure bookers, bands, and promoters that the venue will continue to utilise live music as its livelihood, and that the new management will restore balance to the Stag’s operations.
The Bald Faced Stag Hotel has been leased from the period 20/3/17 to 20/1/18 by Ulladulla Property services Pty Ltd headed by its General Manager Scott Allwyn Mackenzie.
Ulladulla Property Services was evicted from the Stag Hotel last week due to arrears in rent and concerns raised from other sources. It’s of concern that Ulladulla Property Services did not meet its obligations to suppliers and particularly bands who are the lifeblood of the venue.
The Bald Faced Stag Hotel will currently be run by its landlord who has a proven track record of managing the hotel between 2015 to 2017.
Whilst under new management, all future suppliers obligations will be met and The Bald Faced Stag Hotel looks forward to a renewed relationship with the music industry. The live entertainment community can count on our support and we hope they can also support us through this difficult time.
It’s worth noting that a Scott Alwyn Mackenzie from Australia previously served three years in a New Zealand prison after being found guilty on 10 fraud-related charges stemming from incidents totally $5.7million.
Ulladulla Property Services has not issued comment on their removal.
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