Following a venue change, various headliners pulling out of the event and controversy around ticket refunds, Australia's 'Rewind Festival' has been cancelled.
A message on the festival’s official website read “Rewind cancelled. Please contact your ticket agent for a refund,” but as yet no other statement has been released. Organisers have also deleted all posts from Rewind’s official Facebook page.
Fans were furious last week when the 80s-themed festival was moved from its original location at Blue Scope Fields in Kembla Grange near Wollongong to Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, with organizers blaming predicted bad weather for the shift.
Digital Spy reports that with the change of venue, headline acts Human League, Sister Sledge and Kool and the Gang were abruptly dropped from the lineup, with festival organizers refusing to refund tickets.
Bananarama then announced they would not be appearing at Rewind, and soon after Human League pulled out of their remaining Australian shows, claiming via their social media accounts that Rewind's promoters had failed to book visas for them.
“Again our deep and sincere apologies to all of you who were looking forward to seeing us at Rewind or at one of our Melbourne sideshows” Human League wrote on their Facebook page.
“We were really looking forward to coming down to Australia to play for our fans there…Please be assured we are every bit as disappointed and angry about this turn of events as you are.”
According to Digital Spy, ABC, Tony Hadley and Go West, who were all scheduled to perform at Rewind, will still be honouring their Melbourne tour commitments.size="2">