Keeping Up With The Kardashians Star, Scott Disick, has just pulled out of the last few days of his UK tour. His ten-day tour involved hosting his popular parties in university towns. This Monday, Birmingham Mail reported how Scott Disick and his management angered fans and left them disappointed when he did not show up to a ‘Meet and Greet’ after his night in Birmingham last Saturday.
This was followed by a Daily Mail article which reported that Scott Disick will be taken to court by the Manchester company who hired him for a ‘Meet and Greet’ where he behaved suspiciously. Today, it was reported he had pulled out of his last few days of touring only to join Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in Paris soon after.
SHUlife Editor, Catherine Christy, went to the night at the Electric Nightclub in Birmingham last weekend with high expectations. Here she details her experience.
It is with no doubt that many students like myself booked tickets to see the self-styled Lord Scott Disick. Some even travelled down just to see him.
VIP tickets cost £66.50 in total including fees for two people. I got them because it offered a Queue jump and VIP bar area. The standard ticket prices were £7 and £15.
There was a lot of confusion from the staff. I had previously asked one of the points of contact, Rebecca Sides, if ‘Meet and Greet’ tickets were available. To this, she said there should be and to look for the organiser, Mark Brewer.
When I asked the door staff about this and referred to “Rebecca” and “Mark”, they had no idea who they were and claimed they gave me false information.
To add on to their confusion, there was no VIP bar area according to some staff and bouncers.
So the two things my VIP wristband were meant to provide me with were empty promises. What next? Contact the organiser, Mark Brewer? There were no promoters dotted around to ask for help either.
Contacting Mark Brewer himself was a long shot. You could only get in touch with him via Twitter. He never replied to a single one of my polite tweets inquiring about the event. There was no contact number nor contact email for customer enquiries. All the information provided seemed vague with no company or VAT registration number. So much so, questions were going around if the tour was even legit due to no professional presence whatsoever.
There was no email for customer enquiries. The email for businesses enquiries would have set alarm bells going for various businesses who wanted sponsor the event.
Business enquires for Scott Disick please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
— Mark BrewerOfficial™ (@Mark_Brewer2) February 28, 2015
After getting ripped off at the bar and being charged various prices (£4, £6 & £10) for the same mixer drink despite the promise of “student prices”, we just sat at the table and tried to be patient while waiting for Scott Disick. It was tiring as the hours went by. Scott was doing two appearances per night on most days but I was not prepared for the length of time we had to wait for him.
His previous appearance was at Milton Keynes which was nearly an hour and a half away from Birmingham. The DJ yelled “I’ve just got a text, he’s on his way!” a few times over a span of two hours.
He turned up just before 3am. Scott shouted out “Birmingham!” and then proceeded to wobble around the stage while chatting to his random mates who tagged along. Taking a good picture of him was impossible. He then sprayed some champagne into the crowd and after ten minutes, he left. Yep, just ten minutes approximately. I didn’t realise hosting a party only required ten minutes.
I could have sworn the audience fell silent for a few seconds in shock and then they roared again when the DJ said Scott was heading towards the VIP lounge to meet his fans. So there was a VIP lounge after all, but that was pointless since it was now open to everyone. A short queue formed in the lounge and we seemed to be part of the only few who had a VIP wristband. Surely we should have been given priority? No. That was definitely £30 well and truly wasted on nothing.
At about 4am, bouncers broke the news to us that Scott had left. No reason was given at the time. People were left devastated and some were crying because they were misled with what the tickets offered. The promoters of that night felt that the mobbing fans were a threat to the health and safety of Scott Disick.
The tour organiser, Mark Brewer, said to Birmingham Mail: “Scott was due to visit the VIP lounge at the Electric but he was mobbed by over enthusiastic female fans,” “His security was finding it difficult to hold them back so, on health and safety grounds, a decision was made for Scott not to enter the VIP lounge and to leave the club.”
“We are sorry that the people who bought VIP tickets weren’t able to get a closer look at Scott, but these were not meet and greet tickets which are priced at £100 and were not put on for his Birmingham visit.”
“I am sorry but people who bought VIP tickets will not be getting a refund.”
Mark Brewer is confident enough to say he will be planning another tour again with the Lord due to the “incredible reception”. Attendants of the events clearly beg to differ. Despite his statement, I was a witness and there were no fans that mobbed Scott. He did not enter the area in the first place. If you were there, you would have found that fans actually formed their own queue. If it was a Health and Safety issue, surely barriers should have been put in place? Considering the upset caused, Mark Brewer still went ahead to retweet a rude post by another self-styled Lord, called Lord Aleem, a 20-year-old rich Youtuber who posts videos about luxury cars such as Audis and Lamborghinis.
(This tweet was posted when the ‘Meet and Greet’ was due)
According to Birmingham Mail, one attendee, Dominique Howell, waited in the VIP lounge from 11pm until 3am on Sunday morning for a glimpse of the reality TV show star.
She said: “An organiser then told he was due to arrive after 3am, so I waited for a further hour and a half only for the bouncers to turn around and say that he wouldn’t be coming and that he had left the club. There was a lot of very upset customers.”
“I didn’t even see a glimpse of Scott Disick.”
The ‘Meet and Greet’ opportunities provided at other venues can also be questioned. Jenny Percy, who attended the Manchester night at the Tiger Tiger Nightclub, said she paid £130 for an exclusive opportunity to have pictures taken with Scott Disick and have a booth next him. She told me Scott only sat there for ten minutes and left. She said: “He didnt even smile, it looked like he had been forced to be there.”
“We got told if we paid £130 we would get the booth next to him and photos, so we paid and didn’t even get close to him.
“(We) asked the club for a refund and they said they couldn’t because he was meant to sit next to us but his management weren’t happy with how close to the public he would be.”
“Safe to say, won’t be going to anything like it again.”
According to Daily Mail, Scott even turned up drunk at another ‘Meet and Greet’ at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester. Some of the fans said he was ‘out of it’ and was ‘swearing’. Due to the upset caused to fans, the company who reportedly paid £10,000 to organise this ‘Meet and Greet’ have begun legal proceedings against the 31-year-old.
Lawyers Muldoon Britton of Deansgate Manchester said to Daily Mail Online: “We are happy for people to know we have begun legal proceedings against Scott and would hope he responds out of respect for his fans.”
The following are Facebook posts on the event’s page of the Birmingham night expressing upset after VIP tickets were gone to waste.
No one knows who exactly is to blame. As for Scott, the promoters and the organisers, customers have said they will be reporting their experience to trading standards. If their reports are successful, future events by these organisers may not happen again. In future, they should have a caveat emptor.
For me, this was definitely a lesson learnt: stay at home and just watch the TV show instead, it will be a better experience.
Did you attend any of these night and was your experience any different to this?