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Australia’s Splendour In The Grass festival cancelled

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Australia’s Splendour In The Grass festival has been cancelled just two weeks after announcing its 2024 line-up. 

The three-day festival was scheduled to take place from July 19 to July 21 in Ngarindjin/North Byron Parklands.

A statement from organisers confirmed the cancellation, with ticket-holders informed they will be refunded automatically by Moshtix.

“With a heavy heart, we’re announcing the cancellation of Splendour in the Grass 2024, originally scheduled from Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 in Ngarindjin/North Byron Parklands. We know there were many fans excited for this year’s line-up and all the great artists planning to join us, but due to unexpected events we’ll be taking the year off,” read the statement.

The cancellation comes after January’s news of Splendour In The Grass – which is operated by Live Nation-backed Secret Sounds – being awarded a grant of A$100,000 (£52,000/€60,000/$65,000) by the Australian Government’s Live Music Australia Programme.

Originally founded in 2020 to help revive business ventures and build a sustainable live music scene in local towns and regions, Splendour In The Grass was awarded funds during round seven of the scheme. Organisers said the funds would be used to showcase a diverse line-up of Australian artists.

It is not the first time the festival has struggled – last year it was reported that ticket sales were down as much as 30% in 2022.

“We’re heartbroken to be missing a year especially after more than two decades in operation. This festival has always been a huge community effort, and we’d like to thank everyone for their support and overall faith. We hope to be back in the future,” said a joint statement for Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco, co-chief executives of Secret Sounds.

The line-up was set to include performances from Kylie Minogue, Future and Arcade Fire.