Southbound 2016 Cancelled Due To Bushfires

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.

URGENT: SOUTHBOUND 2016 CANCELLEDIt is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of Southbound 2016,…

Posted by Southbound on Thursday, 7 January 2016

Southbound 2016

Friday, January 8th 2016 – Sunday, January 10th 2016 — CANCELLED

Sir Steward Bovell Park, Busselton

Southbound 2016 Lineup

Bloc Party



Gary Clark Jr.

Toro y Moi

Young Fathers

Django Django

Courtney Barnett


Jarryd James

Great Gable


Hilltop Hoods

Hiatus Kaiyote

Kurt Vile And The Violators

Mac DeMarco

The Maccabees

Meg Mac

San Cisco

Slick Monks



Oh Wonder

Paul Kelly & Merri Soul Sessions Ft Clairy Browne, Dan Sultan, Kira Piru, Vika &

Linda Bull


Seth Sentry


Birds Of Tokyo


Gang Of Youths

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

Little May

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic


Coconut Club Lineup

Elk Road (DJ Set)





Luke Million



Young Franco

Boston Switch

DJ Mandy B

DJ Mutchy

Fungle Club

Michah Black (RTR FM)

Swami Adima

Bongo Loco

The Housejunkie

The Shadow Brothers (Rough Love/The Factory)

Changeover DJs

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


Koi Child

Pilerat DJs

and more

Comedy Lineup

Adam Rozenbachs

Becky Lucas

Nazeem Hussain

Nick Cody


Tien Tran

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