Campbell County 'SuperTwang' music festival shuts down

Campbell County 'SuperTwang' music festival shuts down

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Crowd gathers to watch Jimmy VanZant play for free after cancellation of SuperTwang concert. Crowd gathers to watch Jimmy VanZant play for free after cancellation of SuperTwang concert.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

SPEEDWELL (WATE) - A Campbell County country music festival ended early on Saturday after workers, and bands claimed they hadn't been paid.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers were on stand-by across the street from Mountain Creek Farm when the cancellation of the event called "SuperTwang" was announced just after 8 p.m.

"We thought there would be a problem later on, so we had called in more troopers to assist," said state trooper Michael Melhorn.

Workers said the concert's promoter, Hal Royce who is out of Washington, D.C., had not paid them.

"Maybe if some locals got together and did it, but you can't trust the damn Yankees," said Susie Ellison, who was hired to bartend at the event. "I am sorry."

The outdoor festival was slated to go on for three days and multiple bands were booked for Sunday. Those concerts will not happen.

Officials told 6 News at the location that the issue is not a criminal one and if workers wanted their money, they would need to file a lawsuit.

Jimmie VanZant did end up performing for free at the event. He felt bad for all those who had already paid.

"It is about the community, and about caring, and everybody here that played for free, and worked for free," said VanZant. "It is all about the community, and the love of everybody."

VanZant wrapped up just after 8 o'clock when the official announcement was made to concert-goers that the festival was over.

"I am upset," said Judy Grant, who bought tickets to the event. "I came here a couple of hours ago, and didn't know anything about it."

Some people who paid for the event hope to get their money back.

"I heard there was a class action lawsuit against him," said Grant. "We are signing the paper, so hopefully we can be reimbursed. I doubt it, but hopefully we will."

More than 100 people had paid to camp at the location. They will be allowed to stay the night.

All shows Sunday have been canceled.

No other details regarding the cancellation have been made available.

The concert's promoter could not be reached for comment.

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