Hello there guys, I need a little help on this one.
Yesterday I went to the Girls Aloud gig at Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire. Mint Gigs produced the gig.
I had been in contact Mint Gigs prior to the gig and was issued a Photographers Press Pass.
I arrived at the park about an hour before Showtime, was issued with my pass and a reserved parking space. I was told to report to Reception. I went to reception and they informed me I could go down to the stage area and into the pit.
I arrived in the pit about 45 mins prior to Showtime.
In the pit was another photographer who had traveled from Cardiff to shoot the gig. In chatting to him, he informed me we had a 3 song limit no flash (pretty standard here in the uk) – I asked him where he got this information from and he said the Girls Management Company, who he had bumped into when he was signing in told him the rules.
It turned out we were the only two photographers.
About 15 minutes later one of the security guards came over and asked if he could have a chat, we went sort of back stage to get away from the noise. He said he had just been informed by the Girls Management Company that they did not want anyone in the pit as it was a pretty small venue and small pit area but we could go anywhere in the park and shoot as much as we liked with no song limit and we could use flash (seemed strange) He requested we returned our passes. I gave mine back but the other photographer did not have one, said he had not been issued with one on arrival.
Anyway off we went. The gig started, I shot for 3 songs and had everything I pretty much needed so (since its not my kind of music) decided to knock it on the head and shoot off home.
I moved to the very edge of the crowd and started to pack my equipment away only to be immediately surrounded by security. One of the guys asked what I was doing, I said I got all I needed and was heading home. He said he would arrange to have an escort take me off the park – Nice I thought, it was dark and lots of people around, what nice guys.
When we got up to almost the reception area, he said the management company want a word, I asked why, he said they had decided ½ way thru the gig they did not want any photographers onsite, had revoked our passes and wanted us to leave, I said no problem I am leaving anyway.
I was taken to reception to be met by the police, Mint Gigs, The park owner and the other photographer. It turns out he was found by security and pretty much stopped from taking any more photos, and frog marched to reception where they demanded his memory cards. I missed all this, as I had not arrived at this time. He kicked up a big stink and they then changed their minds, told him (us) we were not welcome and were being ejected from the gig.
I got this second hand (from him) as we started leaving. When I arrived at reception, I asked what was going on and they just said we had to leave. No reasons, no asking for cards etc.
Mint Gigs were apologetic but said the management company once the show started changed there minds and there was nothing they could do.
No one explained to me what had happened and why we were leaving or what I could or could not do with my images.
Where do I stand in regard to the images I shot?
I should add, at no time did I take a photo after being told I could not. I was not asked to leave the park before I had decided to leave and when leaving no one said to me I could or could not use the images.