Preston Guild Hall To Close While Management Transition Continues

Simon Rigby has confirmed that the Preston Guild Hall will be closed while management group VMS LIVE deals with owner’s death.

In April Rigby announced that VMS Live, a venue management group, would be taking over the reigns at Preston’s historic venue.

Since then, tragically, the firm’s owner has passed away which has left the transition in management in limbo.

During an initial agreement for VMS Live to take on the Guild Hall, the company said on their website, ‘Not dissimilar to our arrangement in Wakefield we were brought into the venue to deliver content across their range of venues and advise on event delivery and production.

‘Though still in its relative infancy, a quick look at the programme in the venue, displays the breadth and number of events we have delivered for the venues.’

Blog Preston was told by Rigby, ‘The suppliers (including promotors) have simply got tired of waiting for VMS Live to take up the reigns of the Guild Hall.

‘Under this pressure and uncertainty I am legally obliged to review the viability of Preston Guild Hall Limited (the Operating Company) as a number of its creditors will not wait any longer and all creditors have to be treated fairly.’

At the beginning of 2019, Rigby told the public that he was ready to return to being just a landlord and allow other groups to control businesses operating out of the Guild Hall.

Refunds for cancelled shows can be obtained by emailing: enquiries@prestonguildhall.co.uk

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