SSD Concerts boss Steve Davis is to step down, it has been confirmed.
The Newcastle based live music agency has been at the centre of a number of allegations recently, with reviews from employment website Glassdoor being posted on their Instagram.
The hack seemed to open up a conversation surrounding the work culture at SSD Concerts, something Clash explored at length HERE.
A number of groups and venues severed ties with SSD Concerts, with the likes of IDLES and Kelly Lee Owens making public statements of support with those on the ground.
Now managing director Steve Davis has stepped down from his role, issuing a statement: “I would firstly like to say that it is vital to take any allegations of inappropriate behaviour seriously. If people feel they have been treated poorly, they should feel safe in speaking out and confident that action will be taken.”
“There have been a number of online allegations, which have saddened me deeply. The seriousness of what has been anonymously alleged – and the hateful response to these claims – has seriously affected my family. They are my priority, and I will do everything I can to protect them from online abuse.”
“I would hope that this discussion can be one based upon the evidence. I entirely understand why people reading the comments about us posted on Glassdoor would be shocked. If true, they would mean people had been seriously let down. But I have been publicly tarnished based on several anonymous comments posted online.”
“It breaks my heart that this has had such an immediate and detrimental impact on something that has taken so long to build. Since founding this company, I have always strived to conduct business in the right way.”
“I am sorry for any mistakes I have made along the way, it has never been my intention. I would never want to upset or make anyone feel uncomfortable. If that has been the case, then I am shocked and saddened and am truly sorry. I will learn from any examples of such behaviour.”
The organisation Tits Upon Tyne has published an internal SSD note, which suggested that Steve Davis will remain in charge of “the events side of the business” while stepping “away from the live shows”.
You can find a broader look at the SSD Concerts situation HERE.
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