UR1 Music Festival: As Organizers Prepare to Sue One Another, Ticket Holders Still Screwed
At first, Cameron was content to wait for the concerts to be rescheduled. After a month, he began to get angry. An email from UR1 offered ticket-holders free admittance to several smaller concerts during Art Basel. "But they were bands I had never heard of," he says.
Cameron tried using UR1's website to get his money back, but the link didn't work. When he called, he was redirected to ticket vendor Wantickets. But when he rang that company, he was told he couldn't get a refund until new concert dates were set. In other words: never. "It all seemed a little shady," Cameron says.
So what really happened to UR1? Omes isn't talking. Guerra simply says the festival's demise was "unfortunate." He also claims that "the majority of tickets have either been refunded or charged back" and that "we are in the final stages of finalizing the makeup event."
But the moneyman behind the failed festival paints a bleaker picture. Dovi Lesches is a partner at the real estate firm Empire Equities in New York City. He says he put up the majority of the money behind UR1.
"I was the sole sucker on this venture," he says. "And we're not talking about a couple thousand dollars."
Lesches admits the festival's demise was more manmade than natural disaster. But he's reticent to point fingers -- at least right now. "I need to file my motions first," he says ominously. "This will all be figured out over the next few weeks in [court]."
In the meantime, Miami music lovers are still out hundreds of dollars each. Cameron says his bank recently reimbursed him after investigating UR1.
But others haven't been so lucky. Chris Koblegard, a cucumber grower in Fort Pierce, has yet to see his $100.
"I thought it was a pretty good deal at the time," he says. "Now I'm regretting it."