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An outside organisation will be conducting an independent investigation into the claims of inappropriate behaviour at SSD Concerts
By IQ on 06 Apr 2021
Steve Davis, the managing director of Newcastle-based promoter SSD Concerts, has resigned with immediate effect following allegations of inappropriate behaviour at the company.
The company runs four music festivals – This Is Tomorrow, Hit the North, Bingley Weekender and Corbridge festival – and five venues in Newcastle and Tynemouth. In July 2020, the company launched the UK’s first dedicated socially distanced music venue, the Virgin Money Unity Arena in Newcastle.
The allegations about SSD Concerts were posted on workplace review website Glassdoor last week and subsequently shared on the company’s Instagram account, when it was reportedly hacked.
According to a statement posted on SSD Concerts’ instagram yesterday (5 March), Davis will take no further part in the running of the company. He said: “It would appear some people have been upset or made to feel uncomfortable while working at SSD and for that I’m truly sorry.”
The news was also confirmed to NME by Davis’s representative.
According to the statement, an outside organisation will be conducting an independent investigation into recent claims and will act as a point of contact for complaints.
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Anyone who would like to raise a complaint directly to SSD Concerts’ head of HR can email [email protected]
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