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Speedfreaks Ball is cancelled

Posted on October 19, 2008
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Speedfreaks Ball

Speedfreaks Ball

Bad news- One of the highlights in the gig/festival calendar Speedfreaks Ball is cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Shame as I'd been to all of them and it was always very enjoyable.

The official statement reads...

I am sorry to announce that Speedfreaks 4 has had to be cancelled. Due to slow ticket sales there is no option but to cancel the event. The bank situation and economy has really hit home and the event receipts will fall short of the cost of staging the show by quite a large amount of money which would have put me out of business and possibly bankrupted me, even the late addition of Cock Sparrer to the bill hasn't brought in enough extra ticket sales to cover the deficit. I left it as long as possible before making this difficult decision to see if there would be an upturn in the situation. But by cancelling the event and refunding ticket monies The Speedfreaks Ball will live to fight another day I would like to thank everybody for their support and help in promoting Speedfreaks. If you have posted info regarding Speedfreaks 4 on any forums, listings or websites that I don't go on would you please post this statement on them.

This does not affect any other Speedfreaks shows and all other shows are still going ahead.


77 Responses to “Speedfreaks Ball is cancelled”

  1. phil on January 26th, 2009 1:21 pm

    Hi Dave, thanks for that.

    I had registered and tried to log on but got a message that I was waiting approval. Interestingly enough I received an email yesterday saying that I was approved.

    I have duly looged on this morning and sent Mick a nice polite PM asking for an update.

    I look forward to getting a reply and to this hopefully all being resolved amicably.

  2. phil on January 26th, 2009 7:34 pm

    Just to keep you updated. Mick has now been in touch with me and promised me my refund.

    If he is good to his word then that will be the end of the matter.

    I suggest that anyone else trying to contact Mick should go through the Speedfreak Forum as it seems to have worked for me.

  3. phil on January 27th, 2009 7:34 am

    Just to finish off this long standing episode. I got a special delivery this morning and a full refund in cash.

    Logging onto Mick’s Speedreak Forum is the way to go. It has been a very frustrating experience but has now been resolved.

    Good luck to you all.

  4. ned kelly on January 28th, 2009 9:12 pm

    I’m owed £720.00 and was told in December i would get it back but up to now nothing has turned up i really hope the guy can sort this out as the speed freaks weekend was one of the best gigs of the year hears hoping

  5. Shane on January 30th, 2009 4:47 pm

    Went on the speedfreaks forum to ask about my refund but neednt of bothered cause the money turned up in the second post yesterday, so looks like he had already sent it,that was good timing,all sorted now,im glad mick came good, he had such a good reputation before all this kicked off im glad i gave him benifit of the doubt and didnt have to pay for legal action to get my money back. anyone else get theirs back this week?

  6. Tracey on February 6th, 2009 1:25 pm

    We’ve never received our money back either though been told we would. I thought it was strange how the gig was cancelled only a few days after Cocksparrer were being advertised as playing since I know they would have drawn people in flocks. It would take more than a few days for people to book & get their details together to post them off anyway. I also thought it odd how the website was never really altered with details as how to get to the Mablethorpe site or that the venue had changed at all for people first coming onto the site to book. Anyone new would have thought it was still at Hemsby, which if you were coming from afar might mess up your travel plans if having to pre-book them. Some people only found out the gig was cancelled by word of mouth & it made me wonder if anyone actually turned up not knowing that it had been cancelled! I hope that Mick’s story is genuine, but hope he learns from this that whatever your circumstances, you should keep people informed every step of the way so as not to cause all this upset. If he is genuine about giving money back then give a realistic timescale, since telling one lie leads to another & so on.

  7. Lorrie on February 10th, 2009 9:06 pm

    Hi Guys,

    Just a quick update I received the 1st installment of my refund today (£400). The 2nd half (£410) should be in the post this week. Its taken 4 months of email, texts, phone calls etc… but I now seem to be getting somewhere. Will update again on the 2nd installment.

  8. vic on February 11th, 2009 7:24 pm

    hello everybody ive also been in touch with mike through the forum and true to his word has paid me in cash now, it has taken a while and pissed alot of people off including myself but shit happens to us all at sometime and it pays to keep in touch so gossip doesnt happen,lets hope we all learn from this.

  9. Andy I on February 12th, 2009 6:40 pm

    Still chasing my refund and all has gone quiet. No trace of Mick and no reply from the email addresses. Anyone got a refund or details then please pass them to me as I will have to go collect this refund if I hear nothing soon.


  10. Lorrie on February 15th, 2009 10:06 am

    Have you tried this email address


    it seems to be his most current one

  11. Marc on February 19th, 2009 6:19 pm

    Hmmm Still nothing. I have e-mailed several times, all to no avail. Small claims court is the next stop. I’m very disapointed and annoyed!!!

  12. Lorrie on February 27th, 2009 1:52 pm


    Received the last installment of my refund on the 21/02/09. All i can say is keep going at him! It has taken me 4 months of constant battle and being on at him on a daily basis. If there is anything else i can do to help you guys just shout.

  13. Holly on March 2nd, 2009 8:29 am

    I’m still waiting but its reassuring that others here have started getting money back!! Have just messaged him on the Speedfreaks forum, so fingers-crossed I should receive my refund soon.

  14. Mandy on March 4th, 2009 3:43 pm

    I paid my tickets through Paypal on my credit card in May. After letters, emails & getting nowhere with calls to phone I sent letter to my credit card company beginning of February who then lodged dispute with paypal. They sent dispute to Mick, gave him 14 days then with no response refunded my money – job done by 21 Feb 2009 🙂

  15. marc on March 20th, 2009 4:58 pm

    Got a reply off Mick.
    I feel everything is gonna be cool. Cheers Mick!

  16. ned kelly on March 20th, 2009 10:31 pm

    still owed £720.00 heard nothing at all from mick glad to see some people getting there money back just wish the guy would get in touch its the being ignored that’s pissing me off

  17. Lorrie on April 14th, 2009 5:06 pm


    just to keep you guys updated. Speedfreak posted this on the forum at 11.26pm on the 08/04/09 – I am now halfway through the refunds, my apologies to anyone who was expecting their refund in the last few weeks, but a few people have decided to take me to court which resulted in me having to deal with these claims first and pay them out instead of the people who were next in line. This is a very difficult situation for myself and the people who are waiting patiently for their refunds, if people want to take me to court that is their decision and right to do so, but if a few more people decide to take this action it will result in me being declared bankrupt and then no one else will be refunded. I am trying to do the right thing and refund everybody, it will take time but everyone will be refunded !.
    I just want to clear this matter up, and start plans to relaunch The Speedfreaks Ball in 2010.

  18. caroline thomas on April 19th, 2009 10:07 am

    anyone planning to go to the ball in 2010?????????????????????????

  19. marc on April 20th, 2009 4:08 pm

    Well at least my 2010 tickets are paid for! 😛

  20. babe on May 19th, 2009 7:42 pm

    still waiting 4 my refund,gone to the forum just waitin for approval

  21. ned kelly on July 1st, 2009 9:11 am

    the forum i applied months ago and am still waiting fore approval god knows what is going on i am still owed £720.00

  22. Marc on July 19th, 2009 8:28 am

    Yep. Looks like(unfortunately)the small claims court. If only we were updated and kept abreast of the ongoings. A little respect to us from Mick would be nice.

  23. Lorrie on August 15th, 2009 3:42 pm

    Hi Guys,

    Just read on the Speedfreaks forum that he has bee made bankrupt. the details are on the following site




  24. jane on September 30th, 2009 8:00 pm

    Just found this thread omg so many of us still owed money. He will turn up one day and we will be waiting.

  25. Ab's on October 31st, 2009 1:35 pm

    Hi wow just found this site, didn’t know how many other people had not got a refund, i’ve not had any replys to my emails about the subject. So if anyone one knows anything new i’d be greatful.

  26. Big Sarah on March 27th, 2010 7:48 pm

    Well having tracked Mick down today via facebook I have just been informed I will NOT be receiving my refund at all!!! Marvelous news!!

  27. caroline thomas on April 29th, 2010 9:49 pm

    I am the EX I kicked him out 2 xmas’s ago,he stole money from me and owes me and my mum thousands of pounds.
    today some wanker came into my house and stole my purse with cash in it and withdrew money from my account.the amount is similar to what mick owes many many ppl.
    this is a shitty thing to do. he does not live here any more fuck off and leave me alone. he conned all of us !!
    here is an addy he may be back there as he couldn’t pay his rent around here.

    bramble cottage,30,mooreside,oaktree park,st leonards, hants.

    please pass this on too anyone you know.
    and leave me the fuck alone.
    and if you know who stole my money. I fucking want it back .the police are on to you.

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