UPDATE 02/11/16: Legion Festival 2017 has been cancelled.
ORIGINAL STORY:Following on from the news in January that Legion Festival would be postponed until next year, organisers have announced today that the festival is “fully funded” and that the crowd funding campaign will close down.
No longer taking pledges, founder John Sankey said the festival’s Pozible campaign and the support it received made it possible for the festival to secure the funding it needed to go ahead in 2017.
“Given that it took longer than anticipated to lock in a headline act, along with a number of other external forces going on in the industry at the moment, we realized that, even though these issues made it very difficult for us to reach our goal in time, the campaign support had given us all the leverage necessary to move forward and fund and confirm the festival,” he said.
Ticket prices and on-sale dates expected shortly, anyone who pledged through the Pozible campaign will still be recognised as a founding member. At the time of writing, the campaign has received pledges totalling $360,735 with 3 days to go to reach its goal of $3.27 million. It is unclear, at this stage, how organisers have secured the funds to confirm the 2017 event.
Despite the fact the festival will no longer be crowd-funded, Sankey insists that Legion’s ethics of fan support and transparent business practice will be upheld.
“As the founders of this festival, myself, Mark Spillane and Kristie Lawrence are committed to ensuring that we stick to our promise of creating something truly special and unique for the fans and we promise that we will continue to be completely honest and transparent throughout the planning process,” he explained.
Early bird tickets are available for members now, and you can sign up at the Legion website here.
Otherwise you can check out all the dates for the festival below, alongside Music Feeds’ exclusive interview with Sankey.
UPDATE 15/03/16, 12.56pm: According to a statement on the Legion Festival Facebook page, the secured funding is “a result of Legion founders raising private funding.” Read the full statement, here below.
Listen: Music Feeds Podcast: John Sankey Legion Festival Boss
Legion Festival 2017 Lineup (so far)
Capture the Crown (AUS)
Heard Of Cows? (AUS)
Front Line Assembly (CANADA)
Aversions Crown (AUS)
Devil You Know (USA)
Darkest Hour (USA)
Caligula’s Horse (AUS)
Rick Dangerous And The Silkie Bantams (AUS)
Dream on Dreamer (AUS)
28 Days (AUS)
My Secret Circus (AUS) *Mel only
Horrorwood Mannequins (AUS) *Syd only
MofoIsDead (AUS) *Bris only
Legion Festival 2017
Saturday 21st January
Perth (Mini fest)
Sunday 22nd January
Adelaide (Mini fest)
Thursday 26th January
Saturday 28th January
Sunday 29th January