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The frontman of the Manchester has lamented the culture of swindling which often pervades local music scenes across Britain, reports NME.
Speaking the music industry convention In The City, he also said that he himself has fallen foul to promoters who have promised label scouts at gigs.
He said, "There needs to be something really strong in place if a promoter is found to be ripping off young bands. It's really really unfair. It's basically playing on the hopes and dreams of people who are at the very first hurdle of their musical careers."
He added, "Quite often promoters would promise you that scouts would come in from different record labels. So you would put up with anything that they told you or did to you."
Speaking of the advice out there for musicians, he added, "If I knew that you could get in touch with the Musicians Union and I knew there was someone local who you could report said promoter to, that would be the way to do it. It should be the norm that you don't get ripped off. I think it should be policed more."