Lost Paradise Festival Cancelled Due To Safety Concerns Surrounding Devastating Bushfire Season
If you were planning on ringing in the new year at the famous Lost Paradise Festival, you better think about option B.
In sad news it has been announced today that the bush doof extravaganza has been cancelled due to major safety concerns and uncertainty around the current NSW bushfire crisis.
Organisers released a statement which cited, "intense and unpredictable fire conditions" as the reason behind the cancellation and confirmed the situation is "sadly expected to deteriorate" over the coming months.
You can read the full statement below:
After extensive consultation with the Rural Fire Service, emergency personnel and other key stakeholders, the difficult decision has been made to cancel this year’s Lost Paradise festival.
Our beautiful home in Sydney’s Central Coast is facing intense and unpredictable fire conditions that are sadly expected to deteriorate. We simply cannot put anyone’s life at risk. We have been working around the clock to explore all possible options to relocate the festival, but it is just not feasible within the timeframe.
We would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard over the past twelve months to create this year’s event – the artists, performers, teachers, yogis, vendors, sponsors and production crew, and of course our amazing Lost Paradise community who have supported us for six incredible years. We are truly devastated that we won’t be able to bring the festival to life.
We would also like to express our immense gratitude for the brave emergency teams who are doing all that they can to protect the bushland around the site. This is a heartbreaking time for our country. Our thoughts are with the affected communities across Australia, and the hero firefighters who continue to work in extreme conditions.All guests will be eligible for a refund, in accordance with Live Performance Australia’s Ticketing Code Of Practice. We are working closely with our ticketing providers and insurers to process ticket refunds as quickly as possible.
Each ticketing provider will provide details of the process, and we will continue to share updates in the coming days.
Thank you to everyone for their care and support.
We will be back bigger and better than ever in 2020.
The five day festival usually takes place in Glenworth Valley which has been affected over the past few weeks, particularly with fires burning in the neighbouring Hawksbury region.
Artists like the The Veronicas, Cub Sport, Rüfüs Du Sol, Matt Corby, Hilltop Hoods and more were set to play for fans who descend upon the bushland to revel in new year celebrations.
It is expected that would-be festival goers will receive a full refund on their ticket.
In what must have been an incredibly difficult decision we believe that this is the best outcome to avoid any potential disasters.
Main Image Credit: Lost Paradise Festival
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