This year, the Gold Coast was set to play host to Sandtunes‘ debut run with an absolutely massive lineup. However, the festival has announced that the event will not be going ahead due to poor ticket sales.
Taking to social media to release a statement, promoter Paul Dainty gave a list of reasons as to why the festival has been axed.
“We tried our best to make Metricon work for SandTunes,” Dainty said, referencing the event’s venue change after backlash from the community.
“But the reality is that without sand between our punters’ toes, the very notion of the beachside festival in a stadium meant low sales and we had to make the hard decision to cancel this major Gold Coast event.”
“I would like to extend my gratitude to the many people who have spent numerous hours over the past two-and-a-half years trying to bring this event to fruition. I would also particularly like to thank the ticket purchasers and supporters of this event.”
The festival had moved locations and slashed ticket prices severely back in September, but not even that could salvage the event.
The festival was slated to be headlined by the likes of Travis Scott, Logic and Carly Rae Jepsen. Jepsen will still be performing her shows in Sydney and Melbourne as planned.
Sandtunes is also offering punters full refunds, which you can find out about here.