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IDLES stop working with SSD concerts after employee mistreatment allegations

IDLES have stopped working with North East promoters SSD after allegations emerged of mistreating employees.

The claims surfaced last week after a former employee posted a horrifying review on the workplace review website Glassdoor. Screenshots of the complaint were then shared on SSD’s Instagram account, which the concert promoters have said was “hacked”. The accusations made in the post include SSD “underpaying” workers, using “offensive” language and making workers left feeling “uncomfortable” at work.

SSD Concerts were behind the operation in 2020 to bring socially distanced gigs to Newcastle, which saw The Libertines, Sam Fender, and many more during the summer. It’s the largest concert promoter in the area by some distance; they also promote This Is Tomorrow and Hit The North festivals.

However, the company currently has an overall 1.4 star rating on Glassdoor, compiled from 21 reviews from people alleging they used to work for SSD. The company has refuted these claims, saying they are “false and malicious” and insist that they do “not tolerate bullying, harassment or discrimination in any form”.

Yesterday, IDLES took to Instagram to reassure fans that SSD would no longer be promoting their show at Newcastle City Hall next year.
“In light of the recent allegations against SSD Concerts, we would like to make it clear that they will no longer be promoting our show at Newcastle City Hall on 2 February 2022,” the band’s statement began.

IDLES added: “For anyone that has experienced sexual harassment or bullying in the workplace here are some useful resources from Good Night Out Campaign.”

Meanwhile, IDLES recently announced the biggest headline hometown show of their career on September 3rd, when they return to Bristol to play at Clifton Downs.