UR1 Music Festival: As Organizers Prepare to Sue One Another, Ticket Holders Still Screwed

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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.

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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]."

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Lesches says he sympathizes with guys like Cameron who bought tickets, but they are unlikely to receive refunds until the bigger legal battles are settled. And that could take awhile.

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."

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Chris833
Chris833

I was suspicious from the beginning, when I realized that they didn't accept American Express for payments. I think it's always a little bit shady when a merchant doesn't take all cards for payment. They claim that it's "more expensive" to take Amex, but in reality, they probably just don't want to have to deal with the stricter chargeback rules when something like this happens!

username123546
username123546

I foolishly waited too long and waited until April to dispute the charge. I figured since it was such a blatant rip-off that there wouldn't be a problem. Well, I was wrong. 

icculus17
icculus17 topcommenter

hahaha, I know that Chris Koblegard, good dude

somejerk
somejerk

Shame! I wanted to see AHOL and other awesome local artists work displayed.

Jayan Bertrand
Jayan Bertrand

Fuck those guys. Miami was finally about to have a decent festival and it went to shit

Nick Lagattuta
Nick Lagattuta

Just dispute the charge with your bank. Worked for me.

p.beck
p.beck

file a complaint with your bank. no problems

Phillip Beck
Phillip Beck

i filed a fraud complaint with bank of america. got the entire amount back

mindgruv
mindgruv

@username123546 sounds like your credit card was being lazy. most credit cards will at least *try* to make a dispute past the allowed time, but they make it very clear the case is not as strong. i would try again and ask to speak to a supervisor. tell them you wasted all this time trying to get the refund from the vendor.

pineiro.stephanie
pineiro.stephanie

@Phillip Beck was this recently or right after the festival was cancelled? I want to do the same but don't know if it's too late now.

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