With Soundwave selling out, Big Day Out edging closer and closer to it, and a whole bunch of other festivals risking reaching ticket allocation limits, we’d almost forgotten that not 12 months ago the festival market was a dying scene. However, for some festivals, the tough market is still totally unrelenting.
One Great Night On Earth came out with a bang. The new kid on the block had a lot to prove when it was announced. Organisers boasted a lineup that would consist heavily of bands from the UK and US, with a selection of bands big enough to pull a projected patronage of 80,000 to 100,000 and a huge claim that “100% of the proceeds being distributed to those in regional Australia who are most in need”.
With only a matter of weeks now until the December showtime, you’ll notice a whole lot of red flags: no venue has been announced, no lineup, nothing. Nada. So after a tip off, our friends at Tone Deaf dug a little deeper, revealing that One Great Night On Earth will not be happening. TD spoke to director and founder of Fine Green Paddock, Lyndel Moore, who up until today, had been adamant that the event would go ahead and meet, if not surpass, its expectations. But today Moore was singing a different tune, confirming that the festival will not be happening.
Cancelling prior to any lineups, etc has potentially saved the festival some face, though it’s not looking good for the future of the baby festival.