UPDATE 13/01/16: Southbound has shared details of its ticket refund process following its 2016 cancellation, as well as ways that ticket-holders can support ongoing bushfire relief efforts.
ORIGINAL STORY: Western Australia’s Southbound Festival has been cancelled as a dangerous bushfire situation continues in the areas surrounding the event’s Busselton venue.
In a statement, Southbound organisers say they made the decision to pull the plug after consulting with the West Australian Police, Main Roads Department and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
“We cannot compromise patron safety and proceed knowing people’s lives are at risk getting to the event,” organisers say.
With bushfires compromising roads surrounding the festival, there is currently no access to the festival site and no time to plot a relocation of the event.
“The fire, which started Wednesday afternoon and reached emergency status during the night and into Thursday morning, has left us with no time to relocate prior to gates opening tomorrow,” organisers say.
Southbound Director David Chitty says, “Everyone on site is absolutely devastated as we were working so hard to bring the best Southbound yet. Please understand at this time we will be extremely busy dealing with the cancellation and our thoughts are with those in danger due to the nearby fire.”
Southbound ticket-holders will receive refund information on Wednesday, 13th January. Organisers are promising full refunds and are asking punters for patience at this difficult time.
Southbound 2016 was set to take place from Friday, 8th January until Sunday, 10th January at Sir Steward Bovell Park, and had scheduled an impressive lineup featuring the likes of Bloc Party, Foals and Disclosure.
Catch Southbound Festival’s full statement below, and for information on local road closures and alerts, head to the WA Department of Fire & Emergency Services website.
The Lorne leg of the 2015/2016 Falls Festival was relocated to Mount Duneed Estate in December, also due to local bushfires.
Friday, January 8th 2016 – Sunday, January 10th 2016 — CANCELLED
Sir Steward Bovell Park, Busselton
Southbound 2016 Lineup
Gary Clark Jr.
Toro y Moi
Kurt Vile And The Violators
Paul Kelly & Merri Soul Sessions Ft Clairy Browne, Dan Sultan, Kira Piru, Vika &
Birds Of Tokyo
Gang Of Youths
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
Coconut Club Lineup
Elk Road (DJ Set)
DJ Mandy B
Michah Black (RTR FM)
The Shadow Brothers (Rough Love/The Factory)
Zan Rowe & Alex Dyson (triple j)
Craig Hollywood (RTR FM)
Dennis Gedling (RTR FM)
Simon Collins (The West)
Aarom wilson (WAM)
Aaron Rutter & Paul Fletcher (JUMPCLIMB)
Friday Night Fever Lineup
Art vs Science
The Dancing Accountant
Death Disco DJs
Funk Club Superstars DJs