Soundwave Festival promoter AJ Maddah has announced via Twitter that Harvest Festival 2013 has been officially cancelled. The announcement comes after weeks of rumours surrounding the troubled festival, with sources having already confirmed its cancellation before Maddah’s tweet.
The touring mogul indicated regret in his announcement, stating “I am very sad to confirm that Harvest 2013 is cancelled. All tickets will be 100% refunded (incl all charges) by @oztix in the next week.” Maddah also confirmed reports that the bands slated to play the festival will be brought over for headline shows, stating “Will be announcing headline shows by most of the harvest Artists in the next 10 days.”
He also confirmed a “preferential ticketing system,” which will allow punters already holding Harvest tickets to get first shot at these headline shows, tweeting “Those who purchased harvest tickets will be given priority access to these headline shows. Please stay tuned for details.”
Hours before the announcement, Maddah took to Twitter to address the concerns of Harvest fans. He had expressed some hope for keeping the Melbourne leg of the event, though wasn’t optimistic, tweeting “I have been desperately trying to maybe salvage Melbourne but it does not look like it can stand up by itself.”
The festival had been affected by a “lack of interest” that resulted in poor ticket sales. Maddah elaborated on the unfortunately low turnout for Harvest 2013, tweeting “Sadly we can’t do an outddoor festival with 2500 people (Brisbane) or even 5500 people (Sydney)…”
Harvest band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club confirmed the cancellation of the event on their Facebook page before Maddah’s announcement, assuring fans they would still be coming Down Under.
Another band confirming headline shows is the recently reunited Neutral Milk Hotel. Maddah confirmed via Twitter that Desaparecidos would be making the trip over and was optimistic about singer-songwriter M Ward.
Bands that have been transferred to the Soundwave roster will be officially announced “early to mid October,” confirmed Maddah.
Stay tuned to Music Feeds for more updates as they come in.
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