Jim Carroll

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As the best news reporter in the business noted last week, Lovebox is on its way back to Ireland on August 23. The Groove Armada-helmed fest was a POD joint last year, but we understand that MCD have now taken …

Tue, Jun 17, 2008, 11:04

   

As the best news reporter in the business noted last week, Lovebox is on its way back to Ireland on August 23. The Groove Armada-helmed fest was a POD joint last year, but we understand that MCD have now taken over the reins. As for acts, we keep hearing reports about Kasabian, but that could just be the air-conditioning rattling.

MCD are really getting their dancing shoes on in the coming months and are planning an event called Digital Noise Art for the October Bank Holiday weekend in Dublin. Yes, DNA. Hold on a second. DNA? That sounds very like, er, DEAF, the independent electronic music festival which has been running since 2002 over the October Bank Holiday weekend in Dublin. Surely MCD wouldn’t be considering running a spoiler festival the same weekend? Would they?

As our readers noted over the weekend, the Electric Picnic seems to be sold out. POD’s attention at the moment, though, is probably on the not insignificant matter of some €432,000 which IMRO are seeking from them for outstanding royalties. Judge Peter Kelly adjourned the case yesterday for three weeks to see if the dispute can be resolved through mediation.

UPDATE: John Reynolds and POD Concerts have now issued a statement through their PR reps about this court case, especially regarding reports elsewhere about how it could impact on the Electric Picnic:

The Electric Picnic 2008 is not in doubt or in jeopardy contrary to press and media reports over the last number of days.

POD Concerts is in dispute with IMRO over certain issues relating to the high fees charged by IMRO to it for “public performance” of music which are in addition to the fees paid to the artists to perform. IMRO is seeking to charge POD Concerts for performances from non-music artists involved in the Electric Picnic.

POD Concerts have been in longstanding discussions with IMRO about the issues, however IMRO has recently chosen to issue proceedings rather than mediate the disagreement. IMRO had previously refused payment from POD Concerts of the amounts now in dispute.

IMRO has not sought an injunction against Electric Picnic 2008 or any other music events promoted by POD Concerts pending a decision in the case.

In addition, in the meantime, the High Court has agreed with POD Concerts’ offer to pay the disputed fees into a holding account, and POD Concerts has confirmed that it will pay IMRO’s fees for Electric Picnic 2008 and so will be fully entitled to stage the event.

Recognising POD Concerts’ request to discuss the issues with IMRO rather than litigate, the High Court has ordered IMRO to mediate the dispute before it will hear its case.

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