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Dec 12, 2013 6:21 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

'Play It By The Bay' Music Festival Scam

CORPUS CHRISTI - A viewer asked KRIS 6 News to check on a music festival called "Play It By The Bay." The viewer says she spent more than $700 on tickets but the more she thought about it, the more she questioned whether the festival is legitimate. So KRIS 6 News looked into it.

"Play It By The Bay" music festival has been promoted on Facebook, Twitter, and other ticketing and music sites. Rappers like Eminem and Lil Wayne are supposed to be performing at the event taking place at McGee beach in March. Well, the more we looked into the festival, the more we realized it's a scam.

"It sounded too good to be true but I wanted my kids to have it," said Lisa. Spent $776 on 2 three-day passes to the music festival. And it's money she might never see again. Her sons found out about the festival from friends at school. Well KRIS 6 News looked into the festival, and immediately there were three red flags.

First off, the organizers never applied for a permit to host an event at McGee beach. I asked Laura Jasso, the Special Events Coordinator for the city, if getting a permit was the first thing that would normally need to be done for an event on city property. She said, "Yes. We need to make sure nothing is going on that day. And because they are wanting to charge for the weekend event than it actually does have to go to city council for approval."

She says it's a process that normally takes 6 to 8 months. So with no permit in place, the city says there is no way the festival will be happening in 3 months.

Now, let's move on to who's being promoted as the headliners. Artists like Eminem, Linkin Park, and Lil Wayne are being promoted as headliners. Well I made a call to Shady Records, which represent four of the artists on this list (Eminem, Bad Meets Evil, Slaughter House, and Yelawolf). I asked if their artists would be performing at the Play it By the Bay festival in Corpus Christi in March. A representative of the company said no.

Then there's the size of the venue. The festival is promoted as a huge music festival with 40 artists on 3 stages. Well I asked Jasso if McGee beach could even hold a festival of that size. She said, "No. There is no way McGee Beach... It would have to be completely enclosed. There would be no way we would be able to enclose all of north bound to even have a festival of that magnitude."

So after hearing this, Lisa told me she should have known better.

"It's heartbreaking because I don't know if other parents have bought tickets for this event, for Christmas. And you know they may lose their money on it," said Lisa.

I tried to contact the event organizers, but I never got a response.

As for Lisa, she tells me she is in talks with her credit card company to see if she can get her money back.

So bottom line, don't buy tickets for the "Play It By The Bay" music festival. If you have, contact the ticket provider and your credit card company to see if you can get your money back... Because it's not happening.

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