The Last Jubilee and its Cosy C/O Address

I don’t know an awful lot about directorships and the like. I’m a simple sole trader kind of girl. But I know when I smell rats. The last minute cancellation of this festival, and how the organisers have tried to lay blame at the feet of the establishment (which I’d love to be true – you know me), when it very much looks like they fucked up deliberately, is odd to say the least.

It always felt odd, but I got involved because one of those helping out is a mate, and he’s sound, if slightly naive about what he gets involved in, plus the desire to stay out of trouble on Jubilee weekend was, sadly, rather strong. We’ve all also got to try and scrape a living.

Anyway, I’ve been snooping and it all seems a bit wrong in a rich boy vaguely legal scam sort of way. So let’s start with Jamonit Events – the organisers of The Last Jubilee – and their director details.

The registered address is:-

C/O ASHWORTH & CO OLD FAIRFIELD,
BROMPTON REGIS
DULVERTON TA22 9NL

though on their website it says it’s:-

Jamonit Events
Mendip Business Park
Mendip Road
Rooksbridge
Somerset
BS26 2UG

The director is one Michael John Wilkins, who is also director of Last Jubilee Ltd and Somerset Chilli Ltd, all of which are registered at the above c/o address, and all of which were registered on 12th March 2012.

That same address also has eight registered directors (ignore the Dr and Mr. Willis, they’re of different addresses, but with the same postcode) though, if you look at the list, it actually looks like 4 people at most, all of which have the surname Ashworth.

One of them (or possibly three of them), Michael Grahame Ashworth, has no less than 39 directorships/company secretary roles, 1 of which is currently in liquidation, and 15 dissolved. Lots of them are tiny, some appear never to have traded, though some have had big turnovers that haven’t lasted. Some of them are registered at the above c/o address, others in Essex. Interesting stuff anyway.

Jeremy Sellick, frontman among the Last Jubilee organisers, also has a dissolved business from the same c/o address from 2006 called West Country Larders Ltd . The secretary was the very same Michael Grahame Ashworth. There are also a couple of other Jeremy Sellicks with the same month and year of birth who had companies in the late 90s in Berkshire and London that are now dissolved.

RATS!

We were taking The Something Else Tea Tent as the acoustic third stage with several acts booked. We weren’t informed that the event was cancelled and had to read about it on the racecourse website and the local rag. Pissed off much?!
We were told that the event was sponsored by a food and drinks company, yet they couldn’t furnish requests on average food prices with an answer? This and more is covered on Black Flag’s article about the whole fucking mess. We were also told that we couldn’t sell our own tea, but they would provide it free of charge. We weren’t going to say no to freebees, but we sell over 20 types of tea. Then we were told that we couldn’t sell coffee at all. We requested that they supply us coffee if they liked, but not selling it is quite ridiculous and not negotiable. I’m guessing now that they’d have attempted to price fix us, too.

The urge to pull was great, but we’d got acts booked, a lot of which had also agreed to play the cancelled Chilli Festival. We’d agreed to be there, so figured we’d try and find a way around it with them.

I offered my paperwork weeks ago and asked for a trader’s form as we sell drinks and cake, but apparently it wasn’t required. I did point out that, much as it’s nice to do everything DIY and outside of the system, that in the real world if all paperwork for everything wasn’t in place that the council would come down hard on them, but what do I know. I’ve only been working the circuit with a venue for 5 years and never went to public school.

We were also supposed to be on the Chilli Festival, too, which Jamonit were organising for the weekend before, then it was cancelled. Then it reappeared for the same weekend as this one at the same venue?! I did relax as it got to this week, though, and while rumours flew about how bad ticket sales were – 300, then 900, I was assured it was double the latter. Even though that figure wasn’t   brilliant, and I know some acts who were offered less money over the last couple of weeks because of it, ( Sicknote were binned off the line up for daring to negotiate! ) we figured we’d have a laugh in our anarcho hole and with several newer political punk/folk acts performing.

I’ve read several reports of folks going to the racecourse today and there not being the slightest sign of a festival there. No stages, marquees, lighting, fencing, signs..not even a bog. They clearly knew before this morning that it wasn’t going on.

If I had a theory, it would be that Jamonit Events deliberately held back on polishing their turd so as to blame the establishment for their own incompetence. Now I’m over unorganising 50 odd artists and crew, stock orders etc etc, and over losing money, I’m glad that we’re not part of this scam.

No doubt some bands will bitch about contractually expected dosh and how they could have been somewhere else and all that jizz, but surely the biggest concern at the moment is that the punters get their hard earned dosh back, booking fee et al.

Get rich quick scam? Tax dodge? Whatever it is, if they decide to dissolve these  companies, then no-one gets their dosh back. So if you bought tickets, for fuck’s sake act quickly.

And to the organisers – your websites are shit, your organisation skills are shit, and it’s very possible that your chosen target this time is going to get you some of the shit you deserve. Fuckers!

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26 responses to “The Last Jubilee and its Cosy C/O Address

  • Drew Pratten

    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001784390709

    Should you want to ask him direct…he filed the incorporation docs, and was the man in charge… if you want to write to him at home check out to express your displeasure

    http://company-director-check.co.uk/director/916743206

    He’s not quite a public school boy, Handsworth Grammar and Wolves Poly, from a little digging, I think the companies registered address is likely to be an accountants.

  • Ms.S-Else

    Thanks Drew. I can’t find any evidence that the address is for an accountants. Mr Ashworth just seems to have his fingers in tons of directorial and secutarial pies, and has had with festival frontman, Sellick. Still combing, though!

  • strangetown

    What a crock of shit!

  • moto

    Excellent detective work. Smells very ratty.
    Until I hear that at least one person has got a full refund I will continue to think that. Jeremy promised me it would be sorted within 7 days so the clocks ticking.
    I won’t be taking this lying down and neither will lots of others.

    • Ms.S-Else

      I think that there’s a fair chance that, due to the mass of publicity from all directions, they may well try and save face. Fingers crossed, eh, and good luck!

      • moto

        Indeed.
        In the meantime I set up a facebook page – lastjubileegutted which people can “like”. Just in case they pull the official page that everyone is posting comments on. I detest being treated like this – but you’ve probably guessed that already.

  • T Opaz

    He sounds more wide-boy than public school boy.

  • lazaroumonkeyterror

    Thanks to the Internets this will be the last time these clowns pull this kind of shit. Unless they change their names then this will haunt them for ever!

  • Petranella Hales

    I must say i smelt a RAT!!!! as soon as my sister told me, bless her she is sooo disappointed! like a lot of people no doubt!! it was cancelled!! name & Shame them!!!!!!

  • Drummie Dan

    What a bunch of snidey scum sucking scammers. I hope the old bill get involved.

  • elumpo

    a friend of mine lives in a village a few miles away from the venue and said that the last time they had a music event that you could hear the music from it clearly and a few of the people near him sent letters to the council. You can also have a different address for where you work from to what your company’s registered address this is common practice

    • Ms.S-Else

      No festivals occur without complaints and noise issues. The council say that there was a health and safety issue that the organisers had weeks to sort but didn’t comply, and the racecourse said they were in breach of contract. A failed get rich quick cash in with shirked responsibility, and horrifically bad organisation from serial ‘directors’. Nuff said.
      This is indeed common practice, and I didn’t mention the director’s address. Just the claimed business address and the fact that the registered address was different again.

  • George Hacksaw

    I am in one of the bands that was due to play today and disapointed BUT feel so sorry for anyone who bought tickets or was travelling. WANKERS is all i can say about the organisers………….. even if H&S was issue – they know numbers of security that will be needed.

    Rebellion fest is slick and really well organised – but it has taken years to get to the size it is – seem to be a few who want a fast buck or are just out to rip people off

  • Lucky Seven

    Such an unlucky year for festivals!!

    I was dismayed to find the Crystal Palace Garden Party (scheduled for 23rd June) had been cancelled a few days ago. Apparently whoever was in charge thought there were only minor repairs needed to the stage, but were astonished to find there was major structural repairwork needed instead! They decided they couldnt take the risk of it not being completed in time.

    Having only bought my tickets a couple of weeks earlier (they were being advertised by Ticketmaster at a reduced price for some reason) I now find my “bargain” has cost me money, yet again (not the first time!). Does anyone know where I stand on the £8 booking fees/”postage” (i.e. my printer, my ink, my paper, my electricity)?

    The person dealing with queries on the CPGP Facebook page has helpfully said he/she will chase up Ticketmaster for me on Monday if I still havent heard from them regarding my refund. Hope they’re open on a Bank Holiday.

    So sorry for you guys who have had the rotten and often very expensive experience of The Last Jubilee Festival cancellation too.. I have a friend who was due to play and he is mighty pissed off – really disappointed not to play, not to mention having turned down other paying work etc.

  • punk by the sea

    punk by the sea team here any 1 who can show the got a ticket and want to come and see over 75 great punk bands over 4 days just get in contact and we do you a cheaper ticket

  • Last Jubilee cancelled at the last minute

    […] Interestingly one of the bands on the bill, SickNote have said on their website that they were contacted a week before the event by the organisers (via Facebook) who said that “we have had to take the decision to reduce your fee by 50%” although two weekend passes for the event were offered to the band. More on the background to the event and its run up – in this interesting and seemingly well researched blog https://auntiefarr.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/the-last-jubilee-and-its-cosy-co-address/ […]

  • anon

    Rebellion is full of dodgy idiots
    every year. I dont feel
    comfortable with it at all – and i
    dont think ill ever go again.
    Every year ive been there ive seen ‘sieg heiling’ morons, and
    noone seems to care??! People
    are too f****** apathetic about
    stuff like that!

    • George Hacksaw

      taken my son from age of 9 who loves it as much as me and not seen any more nonesense than in any other gig – any racism seemed to be left at the door… as far as we saw and felt v safe etc. Sorry youve not enjoyed it —were off again this yr and looking forward to seeing old friends and those weve met on faceache etc.

    • Ms.S-Else

      I’ve never heard anything like that about Rebellion before. Have you mentioned it to anyone? Like the organisers? Might even be looked into if you’re not ‘anon’.

      • moto

        I’ve been going to Holidays in the Sun / Rebellion every year and never seen any trouble.
        And btw – although the paypal refund is supposed to be going through I’ve yet to see the money back in my bank account.

    • Ms.S-Else

      I’ve never heard anything like that about Rebellion before. Have you mentioned it to anyone? Like the organisers? Might even be looked into if you’re not ‘anon’.

  • anon

    ITS TIME TO GET OFF THE FUCKING FENCE
    PEOPLE……..I DON’T KNOW IF ALL YOU PUNKS
    HAVE FUCKING NOTICED BUT NATIONALISM/
    FASCISM/NAZI’S ARE ON A MASSIVE FUCKING
    RISE ACROSS EUROPE AND AMERICA AS ALWAYS
    HAPPENS IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC DEPRESSION
    (ie look at Nazi Germany and how they came into
    power) ………..ITS TIME TO WAKE THE FUCK UP
    AS ITS ALSO ON A MASSIVE RISE IN THE PUNK
    AND ESPECIALLY THE Oi SCENE…THIS ISN’T ME
    JUST SPOUTING ITS A FUCKING FACT….Over the
    weekend while touring on two seperate dates we
    played we encountered Nazi’s with one person
    being badly beat up after getting jumped from
    behind by the cowards!!That has never happened
    in all the year’s we’ve been playing plus on top of
    that our band receiving threats,this isn’t alone to
    us and many people and bands have been
    noticing this!
    WE ARE back to what it was like in the 80’s and
    it’s time to get off your fucking arse and stop
    having the attitude of there not bothering me or
    doing any harm….this is why REBELLION AND
    NICE AND SLEAZY THE LAST FEW YEARS HAS HAD
    LOADS OF NAZI’S AT THE FEST’S!!!!!!!
    I’M FED UP WITH ALL THIS NON POLITICAL
    BULLSHIT…..YOU CAN BE ANTI RACIST AND NOT
    BE POLITICAL……ITS TIME TO MAKE A STAND
    AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO REPOST THIS AND
    STAND BEHIND IT NOT JUST BEHIND YOUR
    KEYBOARD BUT IN REAL LIFE WHEN YOU SEE A
    NAZI AT A GIG SPACE YOUR IN EITHER BY
    CONFRONTING THEM OR LETTING THE OWNERS/
    ORGANISERS KNOW……PARTICULARLY AT
    REBELLION AND NICE AND SLEAZY!!”

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