Ken West sounds off again

Increasingly outspoken Big Day Out promoter Ken West has accused rival festival promoters of using fake names to post comments on Facebook and Twitter “shit canning” his festival.

Commenting on the less than enthusiastic reaction to the Big Day Out lineup on social media, West told Adelaide Now that “With the Facebook and Twitter world, you only have five minutes to convince people now. If they go ‘Pfffft’, then getting them back is really hard. There’s so much vitriol now. You know there’s other promoters putting postings under fake names shit canning your show. All we do (online) is a bit of damage control. I won’t enter that game of ambushing everyone’s stuff.”

The allegations come just weeks after West “claimed that Soundwave boss AJ Maddah is a “financial anarchist””: and West’s former partner Viv Lees compared his departure from the Big Day Out team to the end of an ‘abusive relationship’

Although the Big Day Out has been forced to down scale several events this year West maintains that “Despite the rumours, the tickets are doing OK. It just cost too much… The talent costs are so high. It was like, ‘If you don’t match that, you don’t get us’. Then you make bad decisions. Tickets for Eminem were up to $400. Good seats for Foo Fighters were $180; they’re festival ticket prices. Something’s got to give.”

Responding to criticism about Kanye West’s place on the lineup Ken West explains that “Kanye’s a hoot. He’s a nutjob. I love having uncompromising artists on the show, except when we ask them to compromise…I believe in every act on the show. I just don’t necessarily believe all those acts should be on the [same] show.”

West also weighed in on the bidding war for a tour from the re-formed Stone Roses, who had been strongly tipped to play at Splendour in the Grass before the festival promoters issued a denial.

The Adelaide Now article claims that The Stone Roses are now “earmarked for Future Music 2013” but Ken West, who was the last Australian promoters to tour the band, claims that “fundamentally they’re not a good live band. It’s a very cynical exercise in what people are prepared to pay for them.”