Hello all. This is urMUZIC.com and rmedia.
urMUZIC.com, firstly, is a music social networking site that is being built. We had a small 'local' site up for a while at the address urmuzic.com that worked mainly on promoting local acts. We've worked really hard on promoting local music and on getting our bigger social networking site up. For anyone who has tried such an endeavor, it is not easy and slagging us off when we've done so much work for the scene and local bands at no charge, is not right really cool. We understand the frustration on the posts here - and to be honest - we have been very frustrated with the hotel and with the event organizer, Gary Rogerson. So we do understand.
To our knowledge and per our contract - the event was organized and ran by:
Gary Rogerson & The Lough Erne Hotel, Kesh
I won't linger on the subject...but regarding the previous 'launch' - yep a disaster! And why...web spaced, the company hired in to produce the website just didn't do the work they told us they did and put us back over 12mths of time and money. We've been even more determined to get the site up and a great company, No More Art, are now working on the site and it is - finally - near completion. So we've been through the mill with the project ourselves and would never - and have never - been anything but honest, hardworking and wanting to promote NI bands.
Moving on....regarding the battle of the bands. urMUZIC.com was very simply paid by The Lough Erne Hotel to let them post their stuff off the back of our site. That's it. All we did was upload material supplied and post what we were told. Bands signed-up through the site and the details were simply passed to the hotel.
rmedia, our sister company, was hired in to film the events. NOTHING more. We helped out a bit with contacting bands for the hotel as most of them were based here and not in kesh but all we did was pass on info. We were paid to film the competition, produce copies for bands and do a compilation dvd. We are still working on some of the material and will have copies of the competition for all the bands soon. The Lough Erne Hotel seems quite happy for all other parties to take the heat for this but it is them who don't care about the bands or other relevant parties at all. The hotel and gary are both quite happy wasting everyone's time, taking the money and getting the exposure but don't want to follow through. We're quite livid with their attitude about it all.
contact numbers we have and please feel free to contact them as freely as you want:
gary rogerson - bands would have met him on the night doing MC and making a mess of the votes: 07895290871 / 07980066279
Lough Erne Hotel - firstname.lastname@example.org 028 68631275
Direct enquiries to: Catherine or new owner Tom Boyd.
We certainly would not have run any event up at that hole in the wall hotel, miles from nowhere!
Regarding the competition - Gary was a nightmare to deal with and has not been the most honest with loads of people along the way. He made our job very hard and constantly changed things all the time. He was very disorganized, as was the hotel itself. We can not reach Gary. We have tried to contact the hotel and talked with the management at the time of the semi-final....they assured us that the competition would continue and prize money supplied by the hotel would still stand.
The hotel has since changed hands again and the new owner, Tom Boyd, has not entered into discourse about the issue with us but to say he is not putting up the ¬£5,000 cash prize. I suggest contacting the hotel itself to complain as Gary is not in the picture any longer and the hotel COULD sort it out if they wanted to. Clearly they do not.
We hope this isn't held against us as it is NOT and NEVER was our event. Only a Lough Erne Hotel event. We're still chasing the hotel to complete the competition and suggest all those involved do the same. Can't hurt. They are the only ones who can continue the competition so the ones who need hounded.
We have PUSHED and argued with the new owner for a good week now about keeping this going for the bands involved. We do not think it is any way right that the hotel has pulled out, no matter what gary's part was. The hotel received all the PR from the event, as bands have mentioned - the revenue from sponsorship and events and all at no cost to them as they will not put up the prize. We are trying our best to convince the hotel to move forward with the event - but as it is not our event - we can only do so much. If we were a band, especially a band in the final, we'd be pushing like heck for the hotel to put this final on. We again are pushing - but we're only once small voice. The hotel is WELL aware of the competition and the backlash of not putting the final on. They just don't care. They seem to think that it will be brushed off and they can just ignore us all.
Contrary to some comments on here, we do NOT want this competition to 'go away'. We've instead been pushing for it to go forward and complete. We've done all we can. We also only just recently were told about the new owner changing his mind = so up till a week or so ago, we thought the date of the 20th was set as well. It is becoming clearer to us that the hotel 'hopes' that we all just 'go away'. We aren't and suggest that the bands don't either.
Also, there was a full drum kit up there that was given to hotel for sponsorship.....hmmmmm. Bands should ask about that as well as the hotel won't use it....unless they sold it??? ASK THEM about it. It would maybe pay a few quid to the top three bands.
I hope this clears things up regarding us, who has put on the competition and our small role we were hired in to do. Thanks, urMUZIC.com and rmedia.