Legal challenge dropped against Toadlick Music Festival

Published 04/17 2014 12:15PM

Updated 04/21 2014 11:25AM

The attorney for a marketing company seeking to freeze gate receipts collected by promoters of a large music festival planned next week has backed off. Will Matthews had sought a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order in an effort to collect about $33,000 plus interest he claims is owed the firm Walker360.

“We’re going to look at it and go over things and make sure everything is right,” Matthews said following a brief court hearing held Thursday morning. He said Toadlick Music Festival owes money and his client still wants to be paid. “However, we don’t want to stop the show...we never did. We just want to get paid,” Matthews said.

“We’re talking about $30,000 on a $160,000 bill,” said Toadlick attorney Ed Price. “There is no basis for a temporary restraining order.” Price said there was no reason for a hearing on the matter. He plans to meet with Matthews and work out a settlement.
It seems doubtful Circuit Judge Larry Anderson would have frozen the funds and put the Toadlick Music Festival in danger of cancelation. However, the promoter of the event that could draw up to 40,000 fans is, nonetheless, relieved.

“We’re headed out there now and setting up. The show will go on,” said Chris Gilbert. He termed the situation with Walker 360 a “misunderstanding.”

Toadlick will be held April 24-26 at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds. It will feature headline entertainers including Merle Haggard, REO Speedwagon, Billy Currington, Clay Walker, Joe Nichols, and many others.

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