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‘Pulled the plug': Splendour in the Grass 2024 cancelled

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 NEWS.COM.AU
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Australian music publication Tone Deaf reports the festival's promoters “could not confirm that the festival will go ahead this year.”

The annual festival, held at the North Byron Parklands in far north New South Wales, was set to go ahead in July.

There has been no official statement from the festival, and news.com.au has made its own inquiries to promoters.

Triple J, an official media partner of the festival, is among the music industry media to report the cancellation, confirming organisers had “pulled the plug”.

Earlier today, Greens senator for South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young, said the news of the cancellation paints a grim picture of Australia's arts and live music scene.

“Another festival in Australia which is unable to go ahead because of all the pressures and cost associated,” she said in a passionate address.

“This is another festival in a long list that of those that have had to be cancelled by organisers over the last few months.

“Arts and music is such an important part of what makes life great.
It also is an important part of our economy.

“Thousands of people, because of today's decision to cancel Splendour in the Grass, will be out of work.
Thousands of people will be scratching around thinking how they're going to pay their bills.”

The reports have sent many revellers into a frenzy, and they have hit the festival's social media pages desperately seeking confirmation.Australian superstar Kylie Minogue was billed to headline, and G Flip, Tash Sultana, Angie McMahon, Confidence Man, and other local acts were also expected to appear.

One and three-day access tickets and ‘VIP village tickets' have been on sale for days via Moshtix and remain available on the official website (as of 1pm Tuesday).

The massively popular camping tickets, however, cannot be accessed.

It's the latest in a growing list of recent events to be canned or indefinitely postponed, joining Falls Festival, Dark Mofo, Coastal Jam, Goomfest, and ValleyWays.

In February, organisers of regional touring spectacular Groovin The Moo announced they were pulling the pin because “ticket sales have not been sufficient to deliver a festival of this kind”.

The abrupt cancellation of Groovin The Moo came just two weeks after tickets went on sale.

Last month, Catherine Strong, a sociologist specialising in popular music studies at RMIT University, told news.com.au that the loss of such a marquee festival is alarming for the broader live music events community.

More details from the Event Listing on Coast Box Office. coastboxoffice.com/s/M6FO96C3VJ19

This year's Splendour in the Grass is officially taking over Ngarindjin / North Byron Parklands from Friday July 19 to Sunday July 21, 2024.
For those seeking to extend their stay, onsite camping will be available from Wednesday, July 17.

The Princess of Pop herself, Kylie Minogue, will be taking to the stage — bringing her 45-years of musical legacy, exclusively, to the rolling hills of the North Byron Parklands.
Get excited to boogie to all her bangers on the Friday opening night, from 2001's “Can't Get You Out of My Head” — to her 2024 Grammy-winning hit, “Padam Padam.”

Other headliners include rap icon FUTURE, who returns to Australia following a six-year hiatus for the Saturday night — and Canadian indie-rock band, Arcade Fire who close out the festival on Sunday.
It'll be the first time the group have toured in Australia in more than a decade.

Other major acts on this year's Splendour list include: G Flip, Tash Sultana, Hayden James, Tones And I, Girl in Red, Fontaines D.C, Turnstile, The Presets, The Kills and Thelma Plum.

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19th to 21st July '24

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