Australian electronic music festival The Plot has announced it will not be returning this year, after its December 2013 debut, and organisers are instead setting their sites on a 2015 event.
“Hey Plotters just a heads up that we will return in 2015,” wrote festival organisers, the same folk behind Groovin’ The Moo, on their social media sites. “The closure of one of our venues, The Palace in Melbourne made it difficult to find a suitable Plot location.”
They have also teased “a few exciting changes made to The Plot” when it returns in 2015. The Plot made its debut in 2013, with events in both Sydney and Melbourne. The Melbourne leg of the festival was split between Ding Dong Lounge and the Palace Theatre, and featured acts like Alison Wonderland, Gold Fields and Beni.
Melbourne’s treasured Palace Theatre venue was forced to close its doors in May this year when the lease ended, with new developers announcing plans to convert the site into a luxury hotel. Its fate continues to hang in the balance as a recent local council meeting voted in favour of exploring local heritage protection for the site.
Plans to build Melbourne’s first W Hotel on the Palace Theatre site appear to have been abandoned and according to recent reports, a developer is allegedly in discussions with the state government to buy and restore the Palace as a live music venue.
The 2013 Plot Festival was accompanied by an interactive online platform, The Plot online, where punters could go to rub shoulders with the artists on the bill, start a profile, share music and even send their favourite artists private messages.