Another Aussie Music Festival Canned, Will 2012 Be Another Bloodbath?
Following yesterday’s reports that Andrew W.K. taunted his audiences to bottle him during his Groovin The Moo set, today sees further ugly news for Australian music festivals.
According to FasterLouder, the Perth-based On The Bright Side Festival has been cancelled this year, citing “conflicting artist schedules.” Though there was yet to be any confirmed acts for the line-up, its demise spells doom for those hoping for Perth-based Splendour sideshows.
An official statement from organisers said “we have decided to give On the Bright Side a miss for 2012. We only want to deliver On the Bright Side to you as an event of the highest possible quality,” remaining hopeful that they would “see you with another cracker in 2013!”
Fans reacted angrily to the news, commenting on the festival’s Facebook page “Once again Perth misses out!! This is bullshit, they don’t ‘give splendor a miss’ why should lovers of live music in Perth be penalized?? Surely there are 3 or 4 big name international acts who can make it to Perth to play supported by some awesome up and coming local acts. Way to disappoint a fan base….”
“Convenient timing since jack white tickets are now sold out,” wrote another disgruntled fan. “It would be tough to pick seven or eight good bands out of the splendour lineup anyway.”
The news comes as just another in a series of festivals plagued by problems this year. Including Supafest‘s super failure, Good Vibrations calling it a day for another year, and who could forget the disastrous Soundwave Revolution which fell over in a spectacular fashion just weeks out from the event.
Does On The Bright Side‘s cancellation mean we can expect more ruined festivals in 2012 than last year? Twelve months in which Rewind 80s Festival failed to take off, the Great Southern Blues festival cut their losses, Funk & Tunes Festival bit the dust and Mission To Launch also failed to launch with the festival collapsing due to ticket sales.
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