For anyone lamenting the cancellation of Parklife this year and shaking their fist at the recently announced Listen Out line up, well, this isn’t going to be your favourite story. In an interview with Pedestrian, top dog John Wall from promotions powerhouse Fuzzy has explained that the company has no pressing urge to continue with the franchise, stopping just short of altogether ruling out a return.
The decision to start from scratch with their recently announced boutique festival Listen Out comes from a desire to let the Parklife brand end with dignity. “I think Parklife has been good from start to now,” he states, as opposed to some of its peers who have been canned following logistical dramas or poor ticket sales.
Wall adds that while their focus is on the new event, Parklife will sit on the backburners. “We can’t say that we’ll never bring it back – we don’t have plans to – but it’s one of those things,” he says. “We focus on what we should be doing right now. And if in a year, or two, or five it feels right we might do that. But for now, no plans.”
Parklife has developed into one of the most prominent music festivals Down Under. Kicking off in September, it normally marks the start of a big summer festival season. However, the line up for Listen Out will be dropping very, very soon and with the pulling power Fuzzy still has, the new festival is sure to please even the most devout patron of Parklife.
You can read the full comment on Parklife’s future below.
Watch: Listen Out 2013 line up announcement
“Will Parklife return? Who knows? It’s not on this year. Clearly it would be a pretty big thing for us to bring it back again but I guess one thing I’m happy with is that we didn’t let it ruin itself or go down the drain. You know how some festivals clearly can’t come back because they did really badly or spectacularly went down in flames by cancelling, or threw out two-for-one tickets the week of the event, I think Parklife has been good from start to now. We can’t say that we’ll never bring it back – we don’t have plans to – but it’s one of those things. We focus on what we should be doing right now. And if in a year, or two, or five it feels right we might do that. But for now, no plans.“