Outdoorsy Fat As Butter 2013 punters has been dealt a raw blow today with news that organisers have decided to cancel plans to host the first ever sleep-over at the festival.
The event will now run as per usual minus the overnight extension, though reports say promoters Mothership Events are still in good stead with the local council and will potentially bring back the camping element in future years.
Mothership Events tapped out on their own accord, informing Newcastle Council that they “don’t feel they can execute their plans for high-level camping in the remaining weeks” until show time. The decision comes after the council provided all the necessary approvals and licenses for the festival to house up to 1,500 punters for an onsite camping experience. The 18+ affair would have boasted licensed areas, a spit roast buffet, a fun fair and even more live entertainment.
Local residents aren’t going to be too mad at the news, considering the level of resistance they have shown towards the plans. According to Tone Deaf, the idea was branded “unacceptable” by David Stewart of the Newcastle East Residents Association, with other locals concerned of the festivals aftermath which is already destructive to gardens, etc, sans the camping component.
This decision comes after organisers nixed plans to ignite an effigy of Flo Rida as a form of spiritual justice, after the rapper left the festival’s brand in fairly poor shape after failing to appear at the festival’s 2011 iteration and claiming victory on appeal in the resulting law suit.
All signs still point to a wicked cool day for FAB 2013. The festival will be kicking off at its usual digs at Newcastle’s Foreshore. You can check out the full lineup here. Refunds will be available from point of purchase for those who have purchased camping tickets.
Fat As Butter Festival
Saturday, 26th October
The Foreshore, Newcastle
(Via ABC News)