The 2013 edition of Phillip Island’s famed Pyramid Rock Festival has been officially cancelled by its promoter, Inversion Productions. In an official statement on the Pyramid website, the organisers cited financial troubles as rendering the festival “unviable” for a return in 2013, though remained optimistic about a 2014 festival.
The two-night camp-out festival has become a staple of New Year’s celebrations for many Australians, taking place between 30th December and 1st January and hosting local and international acts including N.E.R.D, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Xavier Rudd and The Cat Empire. However, fans of the festival will have to find alternatives for this year’s NYE celebrations, with the official statement announcing:
“Due to tough economic conditions in recent years the Festival has become unviable for Inversion Productions and their only option is to cancel the event. Options will be explored for the festival to return on a permanent basis in 2014.”
The whole statement can be viewed below. There is no word yet on just what the “options” for the festival’s return would be, but could involve scaling down the festival, changing the location and/or changing the festival’s focus to local acts. The festival had previously enjoyed nine years at their Phillip Island location, with the first event held in 2004, hosting Regurgitator, Dallas Crane, Magic Dirt and others.
2013 PYRAMID ROCK FESTIVAL CANCELLED
“Inversion Productions, the promoter of the Pyramid Rock Festival has regretfully advised they will not be proceeding with the event in 2013.
First held in 2004 the multi-day camping music festival has gained an excellent reputation providing top entertainment for young music fans in a safe environment. Over nine years of operation the annual New Year’s Eve festival has hosted national and international artists from across the globe at a coastal property on Phillip Island.
Due to tough economic conditions in recent years the Festival has become unviable for Inversion Productions and their only option is to cancel the event. Options will be explored for the festival to return on a permanent basis in 2014.”