SSD boss resigns after allegations
UK promoter SSD Concerts` managing director Steve Davis has resigned in the wake of allegations made by former employees about pay and the company`s workplace culture.

Davis announced his departure on Facebook with "immediate effect."

Since the largely anonymous allegations surfaced when the company`s Instagram account was hacked just over a week ago, a few venues and artists, including Idles and Lanterns on the Lake, have severed ties with the company.

Multiple anonymous reviews on the website Glassdoor accused the North East company of underpaying employees, while others claimed they felt "uneasy" at work and witnessed misogynistic behavior.

Both the company and Mr Davis have strongly denied all claims, with the latter even going so far as to call them "malicious."

Mr Davis also stated in his resignation letter that he had been "publicly tarnished based on several anonymous comments posted online."

He added: "I would firstly like to say that it is vital to take any allegations of inappropriate behaviour seriously. If people feel they have been treated poorly, they should feel safe in speaking out and confident that action will be taken.

"There have been a number of online allegations, which have saddened me deeply. The seriousness of what has been anonymously alleged - and the hateful response to these claims - has seriously affected my family. They are my priority, and I will do everything I can to protect them from online abuse.

"I would hope that this discussion can be one based upon the evidence. I entirely understand why people reading the comments about us posted on Glassdoor would be shocked. If true, they would mean people had been seriously let down. But I have been publicly tarnished based on several anonymous comments posted online.

In the coming days, the company is expected to issue a formal statement confirming his departure and future plans.

SSD, one of the UK`s largest independent promoters, made international headlines last year when it booked the Virgin Money Unity Arena in Newcastle`s Gosforth Park.