Blended Festival, a two day celebration of music, art, wine, and food, was scheduled for Tampa November 19 and 20. This event has been indefinitely postponed. Sean Evans, founder and CEO of a popular traveling “wine and music” fest has “gone missing,” allegedly “leaving hundreds of employees, vendors, talent and investors holding their hands out to get paid,” according to a report by PageSix.
The festival was touring the country with planned stops in Nashville, Austin, and San Diego before arriving in the Sunshine State. The September event in Nashville happened. But it seems the rest are indefinitely on hold.
Evans allegedly went missing after the Nashville dates, and is being accused of “racking up over $6 million in unpaid debt from the festival, reports PageSix.
Here’s an announcement posted on Blended Fest’s Instagram:
It is important that you are informed of the status of Blended Festival, Inc. Sean Evans, CEO of My Wine Society (MWS) parent company of Blended Festival INC, has been absent as of October 1st. He disabled staff email accounts and left the team with no answers to be found. Unfortunately, it appears that Evans is the sole owner of MWS and Blended Fest, and the sole individual with access to bank accounts, payroll, ticketing, and decisions to be made on behalf of Blended
In his abrupt absence and failure to provide answers, it can only be assumed the festivals are not moving forward. The social media however, remains in the hands of a 3rd party. Morally, we cannot continue to stand by, and leave ticket holders in the dark. Here are some answers we can provide: Blended Festival is hereby dissolved, as per an email statement from Sean Evans to select staff. For those looking to get in touch with Sean Evans directly for a resolution, we have included his contact information on the last slide, along with his attorney 35 information.
Please know that the Blended staff, contractors, and extended community put their heart and soul into building this vision for My Wine Society over the past three years, and are devastated in this outcome. Collectively, the team is actively pursuing action to be taken against MWS, Blended Festival INC, Sean Evans and his affiliate companies, and for those owed money, a refund, or entitled to compensation, it is recommended to do the same. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for your support over the past three years. We hope justice and a resolution for all who have been affected in the wake of these events is found soon.