HOMEBAKE 2013 cancelled
It’s “heartbreaking stuff” for Sydney’s HOMEBAKE festival, with the announcement it’s cancelling this year’s event after location re-arrangements and poor ticket sales.
The festival, which is held at Sydney’s The Domain, was this year changed to a three-day-event at The Sydney Opera House after a date clash with Harvest Festival.
“It has become apparent based on the feedback from social media sites and the box office that the traditional HOMEBAKE fans have rejected this change in format from one day to three nights and the change in venue,” reads a statement posted on the HOMEBAKE website.
Since its birth at Byron Bay, HOMEBAKE has been an iconic Australian festival for years and was set to celebrate its 18th birthday this year with a lineup that included Paul Kelly, Birds of Tokyo and The Presets.
The move to The Sydney Opera House was initially due to the “commercial implications and risk of being one of two music festivals in the Domain two weeks apart,” however rival festival, Harvest, has since been cancelled.
Promoters have described it as “achingly ironic,” however have said “it was simply too late to revert back to our true home.”
The news follows a number of other music festivals that have had to pack up due to a decline in punters. Both Pyramid Rock and Peats Ridge were cancelled earlier this year, and Big Day Out’s second day in Sydney was recently dropped.
Parklife has since downsized and renamed itself Listen Out, and who could forget the decline of the Good Vibrations Festival during its last year in 2011, the festival lost two of its headline acts and was forced to introduce half-priced and bring-a-friend-for-free tickets.
Full refunds to HOMEBAKE will be automatically administered by the Sydney Opera House Box Office and Oztix.
— Paige Ahearn