Music festival Lost Paradise has been cancelled due to bushfires threatening the Central Coast region.
As reported by ABC News, the four-day festival was scheduled for the end of December in Glenworth Valley, but organisers say lives would have been at risk if the event had gone ahead.
In a statement made by the festival’s organisers, consultation with the Rural Fire Service and emergency services resulted in the recommendation that the event be cancelled due to “the intense and unpredictable fire conditions that are expected to deteriorate in the coming days”.
With two major blazes (the ‘Three Mile’ bushfire and the ‘Gospers Mountain’ fire) burning out of control around the festival site, organisers said that they “simply cannot put anyone’s life at risk”.
As suppliers to the festival, Reddawn are saddened by the cancellation, but we look forward to working with the festival in the future.
Read the full statement from the festivals organisers 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.”