FINAL DAY OF BESTIVAL CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Heavy rain and high winds have put an end to Camp Bestival music festival on its final day. Organizers of the U.K. event at Dorset’s Lulworth Estate announced on social media saying they were “utterly devastated and heartbroken” to have made the “tough decision” after being advised not to reopen for safety reasons. Ticket refunds would be issued “as quickly as possible,” according to a statement from the festival, that had gone off great Thursday through Saturday that included culinary queen Mary Berry making an appearance as Rick Astley’s drummer on Friday night.


LAURA ALEXANDER TO RUN OWENSBORO CONVENTION CENTER

Laura Alexander has been promoted to general manager for Spectra at the Owensboro Convention Center and Owensboro Sportscenter in Kentucky. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, she started her career in sales and marketing in 2012 in Owensboro and in January 2017 held dual roles as assistant GM and director of sales and marketing. She has led the staff as interim GM since March.


BILLY MCFARLAND FACES 115 YEARS AFTER LATEST GUILTY PLEA

Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland is looking at a triple digit jail sentence after pleading guilty to three more fraud charges while out on bail awaiting sentencing for two counts of fraud in connection to his sham Fyre Festival. While on pre-trial release, McFarland admitted he launched a new scheme to sell fake tickets to major events and scammed 30 people out of $150,000 and also attempted to pay one of his employees with a fraudulent check of $25,000. On Thursday he admitted guilt to one count of wire fraud, one count of bank fraud, and one count of making false statements and is looking at a sentence of up to 115 years, although he’s more likely to get sentenced to 11 to 14 years under current sentencing guidelines.

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Dave Brooks has over 15 years experience as a writer, including eight years as the Managing Editor of Venues Today. He started Amplify in 2014 to give the industry its own voice and turn up the volume on live entertainment.
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