Roxodus Festival Organizers Face $3.8MM Penalty for Bilking Eventbrite

Back in July, ticketing agency Eventbrite filed separate lawsuits in California against the two organizers the Roxodus music festival, which failed to happen this past summer.

As the bill quick displays, Roxodus had a pretty big-name lineup.  But big-name artists usually demand big-time fees — upfront — and that can immediately put a venue or festival into the red.

Reportedly, Eventbrite advanced the festival millions dollars based on the sales tickets and then issued $3.8 million in refunds to ticket buyers after the festival collapsed. They are suing festival organizers Michael Dunphy and Fab Loranger MF Live for $4.1 million in a pair lawsuits.

Both lawsuits were filed in a U.S. District Court in San Francisco, and the men have until Thursday (i.e., October 10th) to formally answer the suits in court.

Interestingly, lawyers for Everbrite called Roxodus the “Canadian version” the infamous Fyre Festival, only with lower production values.  Thankfully for Eventbrite, the ticketing company wasn’t involved in anything Fyre-related — though if they were, attendees might have gotten actual refunds.

MF Live planned Roxodus to take place July 11-14 at a makeshift location about an hour and a half from Toronto.

The festival had scheduled performers such as:

  • Nickelback
  • Lynryd Skynyrd
  • Kid Rock
  • Aerosmith
  • Alice Cooper
  • Billy Idol
  • Blondie

However, on July 3th, the festival was cancelled. According to Eventbrite, Loranger and Dunphy kept coming up with different reasons for the cancelation, including bad weather and issues with talent. At one point, they even allegedly blamed each other.

All together, people spent $4.3 million on the festival through Eventbrite’s website. This included tickets, parking passes and accommodations. Adam Cashman, the attorney representing Eventbrite, says that the two organizers have yet to return any this money, as required by both the contract they signed with Eventbrite and “governing law.”

Amazingly, while Loranger and Dunphy had no experience in concert promotion, they were able to book an impressive lineup bands. They also booked celebrity chefs as well. But they never got proper permits for the festival or completed construction for it, and the only road to the location could not handle the necessary traffic.