As Community News reports, the Major Fraud Squad is investigating the incident, which left hundreds of punters disappointed and venue the Matisse Beach Club well out of pocket.
Matisse was forced to refund all tickets to its Winter Funk Fest event, after management realised that Ronson had not in fact arrived in Perth, and was in fact in New South Wales getting ready to headline Splendour In The Grass, minutes before his July 25th DJ set at the Scarborough venue was scheduled to begin. So not a good time for anyone.
A spokeswoman told Community News that the club’s management had signed contract with a “third party agent” a.k.a. “shady douchebag” for the Ronson performance, and are now working with police to track him (or her) down.
“Matisse is in possession of a signed contract booking agreement for this performance with a third party agent and has engaged the assistance of the Major Fraud Squad of the West Australian Police for this matter and therefore cannot comment while this is under investigation,” she said.
All the shiz that went down in Perth on the 25th even caught the attention of Ronson himself, who took to Twitter to express his anger at the aformentioned douchebag.
“A promoter falsely advertised I’m djing a club 2nite. COMPLETE BS. Truly sorry if any 1 bought tix,” the super-producer tweeted.
While punters who purchased tickets to the dodgy DJ set are understandably miffed, Ronson has also offered some solace by promising that any Perth resident “who shows a ticket from that fake gig” can attend his next Perth performance, for free.
What a guy.
With a bit of luck, the police will track down the fake promoter and, uh, Uptown Funk him up. We’ll bring you any new information as it develops.
Gallery: Mark Ronson @ Splendour In The Grass 2015, 24/07/15 / Photos: Yael Stempler