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Don't Get Hooked: Festival flops

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -

Summer is the season for scammers and promoter wannabes to tempt music lover to buy tickets to a big new festival.

We want to help keep you from getting hooked by festivals that flop.

Toad Suck Days this weekend and the upcoming Riverfest are established festivals.

But other, newer festivals can burn music lovers.

Instead of creating a great musical experience on a remote island, the Fyre Festival has created a lot of lawsuits. And national headlines.

But Fyre is hardly the first musical festival to flame out.

Here in Arkansas Thunder on the Mountain was cancelled two weeks before the June 2015 concert near Ozark was to take place.

Concert-goers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas and elsewhere had purchased tickets as well as parking and camping passes to see Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band and The Band Perry.

Refunds were promised within 90 days.

Instead, class action lawsuits in both state and federal court drag on nearly two years later.

"It did not have a long-standing history so...that being said...that's your red flag," warns Mike Rohrer with the Arkansas Better Business Bureau.

To help from getting hooked by a fly-by-night music festival...the Arkansas Better Business Bureau suggests you check out a band's actual touring schedule before buying.

And when you do buy your tickets, use a credit card so the charge can be disputed if the concert is cancelled.

And make sure the contact information on the festival web site works.

"On these new ones that pop up it would just be a worry,” says Rohrer. “I think I would be wanting to go to the second year rather than the first year...if it were me."

Depositions in one of the lawsuits filed on behalf of Thunder on the Mountain ticket holders are scheduled for next week in Austin, Texas.

The BBB warns that not fake festival involve music. Others may be all-you-can-eat event, a craft-beer festival or a themed fun-run.

Air date: May 5th, 2017

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