Steve Davis, head of Newcastle music firm SSD Live shows, which runs the This Is Tomorrow competition and quite a few stay occasions within the metropolis, has resigned following allegations of inappropriate behaviour on the firm.
SSD’s Instagram account had been hacked final month to show damaging evaluations of the corporate posted on the web site Glassdoor. Staff had described sexual harassment and complained of poor fee practices and a scarcity of well being and security measures in a “poisonous” work atmosphere. One former worker claimed to have been subjected to “vile, sexual feedback”.
The corporate runs 4 music festivals – This Is Tomorrow, Hit the North, Bingley Weekender and Corbridge competition – and 5 venues in Newcastle and Tynemouth. The corporate pioneered the socially distanced stay music venue Virgin Cash Unity Area in 2020, and promotes live shows at different venues within the metropolis.
Chart-topping Newcastle singer-songwriter Sam Fender is amongst those that have reduce ties with the corporate. On Monday he wrote on Twitter: “I’ve been utterly overwhelmed this week after listening to so many stunning tales from our beloved north-east music scene … there’s completely no place for harassment.” He referred to as for “a extra inclusive business, that may be a protected area for all”.
Davis mentioned he had resigned from his place as managing director and would don’t have any additional position with the corporate. He mentioned: “It could seem some individuals have been upset or made to really feel uncomfortable whereas working at SSD and for that I’m really sorry.”
He mentioned that he had “strived to conduct enterprise in the best manner … I’m sorry for any errors I’ve made alongside the best way, it has by no means been my intention. I might by no means need to upset or make anybody really feel uncomfortable. If that has been the case, then I’m shocked and saddened and am really sorry. I’ll study from any examples of such behaviour.”
He added: “The seriousness of what has been anonymously alleged – and the hateful response to those claims – has critically affected my household.”
SSD Live shows instructed NME it might be commissioning an impartial investigation into the allegations.
Different artists who have been attributable to carry out live shows promoted by SSD, together with Idles and Kelly Lee Owens, have reduce ties with the corporate in current days.