Man sues Swingfields sex festival organizers after ruling him out for lack of references
Accountant Roy Maggs tried to sue the organizers of a sex festival after he blocked his entry because he had no references to other swingers.
An accountant tried to sue the organizers of a sex festival after they barred him from entering because he had no character references from other swingers.
Roy Maggs, who says he is 49, paid £ 127.85 for a ticket to the Swingfields event in the Forest of Dean before arriving at the three-day festival to find he hadn’t read the fine print on his ticket.
Mr Maggs, from Plymouth, Devon, learned that single men who wanted to attend needed two references, which he should have uploaded to www.fabswingers.com, along with a photo, before he arrived.
His lack of preparation forced him to forfeit his “Earlybird Gentleman’s Ticket” and was not allowed to participate in the event.
The dissatisfied customer then embarked on an eight-month argument with festival organizers as he fought for a refund. He lost his case and was not reimbursed, but was told he could attend the festival this year.
Mr Maggs, single, told Gloucester County Court yesterday he was “keen” to be one of 500 attendees at the fourth annual event after it sold out quickly in the past two years .
He told District Judge Woodburn he had the references and offered to show them to the judge – who declined.
Swingfields owners Deborah and Stuart Wilson, from Highnam, Gloucestershire, have accepted that he now has references and said he will be allowed to attend the next erotic event – which is slated to take place this summer.
Mr Wilson told the court: “Due to the nature of the event, personal safety and respect, as well as some understanding and trust is needed, so we need to know who is coming.
“What we need from single gentlemen is a check, basically a character referral.
If we had been shown these references at the beginning, this would not have been a problem.
“We will welcome him to the festival – that’s what he paid for and it’s a sociable festival.”
In addition to providing referrals, the profiles also show members’ sexuality, interests, and preferred partners.
Judge Woodburn denied Mr Maggs’ claim for reimbursement because he said the owners had not broken their contract.
He said: “You, Mr. Maggs, haven’t seen the verification process before, but that’s not their mistake.
“You run the risk of not being validated for the event until this verification has taken place.
“I hope I have been as fair as possible to both parties and I hope you can continue to enjoy the event.”
Mr Maggs paid £ 127.85 for a ticket to the Swingfields event in the Forest of Dean to arrive at the three-day festival and find he hadn’t read the fine print on his ticket. Pictured is last year’s festival, which took place in the village of Flaxley
The disgruntled customer then embarked on an eight-month dispute with the swinger festival in an attempt to get a refund. He lost his case and has not been reimbursed, but organizers have now said he can attend the festival this year.
The case has been adjourned until July 29 and if no further issues arise between the defendants and the plaintiffs by then, the case will be dismissed.
Last year the villagers of Flaxley in the Forest of Dean were shocked when the large campsite was set up for a weekend of adult activities.
This year’s festival will run from June 30 to July 3 at a mysterious location – which will only be revealed to visitors three days before.
A friend of Mr Maggs said he was “very excited” by his trip to the sex festival.
Mr. Maggs’ lack of preparation meant he had to forfeit his “Earlybird Gentleman’s Ticket” and was not allowed to participate in the event. A friend said he was ‘very excited’ about his trip to the sex festival
He said: “He first bought the ticket in a fit of excitement last year, but forgot to read the fine print.
“He emailed the event after realizing his mistake and gave them two testimonials from a line of other swingers.
“But Swingfields organizers didn’t think it was enough information and forbade him to attend this year. By that time it was full and there was no more room.
Swingfields is described as “the most original and important independent lifestyle event of the year”.
For single men, the organizers specify that they must have “well-verified profiles” by at least two other swingers on the swinger “dating” site www.fabswingers.com.
Swingers operate under nicknames so that their real identities are hidden, but verification is used to ensure that others know that the information provided is correct.
The erotic festival received resounding endorsements from previous attendees, including: “The enhanced entertainment during the day to get people to mingle was an ace, especially the fight against jelly.”
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Swingfields was first held in 2013 and, according to organizers, has sold out every year since.
Visitors are required to purchase tickets online for security reasons. Only 10 percent of tickets are available to single men – who must have pre-approved credentials and must have an existing profile on a “lifestyle” website, which will be verified before receiving a ticket.
Couples who buy couples tickets must arrive together. Visitors are required to carry ID with them for security and privacy reasons. Ticket holders are only notified of the venue during the week of the event, again to ensure confidentiality.
There is no formal dress code, but ticket holders are advised that if they fail to “dress to impress” they may be left alone. They are also asked to remain dressed from waist to toe in the main festival area “out of respect for the catering staff”.
Newcomers are advised to “relax”, not to get drunk and “to be clean, to smell good, to look good, to feel good”, as well as to recognize that “no is no “. The festival also has a safer sex policy.
The Sex Festival has published a guide for single men wishing to attend.
He says there are a “number of basic rules / etiquette that you must follow” and warns them not to assume that they “would get any action”.
Swingfields has been run by the Wilsons since 2013 and offers shows, artists, games and street food.
The erotic festival received resounding endorsements from previous attendees including: “Improving daytime entertainment to get people to mingle was an ace, especially the fight against jelly.
“The party tent was a big improvement as well…” and “Wow Swingfields was by far the most amazing weekend we’ve had, a very well planned and professionally run wickedness festival. ”