Bondi Beach’s New Year’s Eve Shore Thing festival has been cancelled for this year, with promoters citing discussions with the local council and other stakeholders as the catalyst for their decision.
“After lengthy discussions with Council and other stakeholders, it has been agreed that the Shore Thing event will not take place this New Years Eve at Bondi Beach,” wrote the promoters on the Shore Thing Facebook page.
According to the Daily Telegraph, for years Bondi residents have fought for the event to be removed from the local beach, claiming it brings antisocial behaviour and deters families from using the beach on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For the 2014 end of year celebrations at least, they seem to have won the fight.
One resident told the Telegraph she is “excited” that this year “there will be no fencing on our beach and we’ll be able to walk around on NYE and enjoy ourselves.” However the promoters added that they hope the festival “will be back in 2015.”
“Throughout the time we’ve been holding new year’s eve events at Bondi Beach, it has been a pleasure working with Waverley Council and Eastern Suburbs Police to ensure every New Year’s Eve went off without a hitch and we’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with Shore Thing over the years, and of course all the people who chose it as their new year’s eve party,” continues their statement.
Last year’s Shore Thing festival was headlined by the dark prince of dubstep Skrillex, and featured performances by Flume and Emoh Instead‘s side-project, What So Not and Jack Beats. Previous lineups have included Chemical Brothers, Snoop Dogg and Calvin Harris.
Looks like this New Year’s Eve Sydneysiders will be getting some rest for Field Day.