Thousands of music lovers are heartbroken after one of the country’s most popular alternative music festivals was canceled on Wednesday.
Hopkins Creek, held in the small town of Tatyoon 200km west of Melbourne, cited heavy rain and consequent deterioration of the venue as the reason for the cancellation of the three-day event, which was due to start Friday.
Tickets for the festival, which used to cost around $350, haven’t been on the market for long, with the event gaining popularity among conscientious millennials drawn to its safe and welcoming “music and friends” mantra mixed with big names in the world. ‘international. alt-techno scene.
Cam Park, who flew to Melbourne from Perth for Hopkins – as it is now known – described the festival as “higher regarded” than your average rural bush jerk.
“It’s sweeter, sweeter,” Mr. Park, a 24-year-old student fresh out of a job in regional arts development, told NCA NewsWire on Friday.
International bands now forced to make other arrangements include New Zealand bands Lord Echo and Nice Girls, Mitsuki (Japan) and Mount Liberation Unlimited (Sweden).
But Mr Park was not too discouraged, having booked an Airbnb in one of Melbourne’s inner city suburbs with the friends he had flown with.
“We’ll still have a decent amount of socializing,” he said.
Photos posted by Hopkins Creek on their Facebook page show the festival site in a valley known as The Crater full of water.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Ararat, a small town 30km to the north, had received 40mm of rain in the seven days to Thursday.
Music Victoria chief executive Simone Schinkel described the cancellation as another blow to the state’s long-suffering live music scene, which is still considered by many to be the best in the country.
“It’s really tough out there,” Ms. Schinkel told NCA NewsWire.
“We’re going to talk to them to try to find a way forward,” she said.
Ms Schinkel, who noted that the 2-3 years had been difficult for live music in Victoria, said the industry was in no position to take risks as it had in the past.
“All of our reserves have been burned over the past few years,” she said. “We still don’t have the weather on our side.”
In a statement, Hopkins Creek said the site received 80mm of rain in three days.
“Despite the noble efforts of our construction team this week in the face of high winds, side rains, hail and even snow, Mother Nature spoke her relentless last words,” they said on Facebook.
“Even with constant consultation with the council, emergency services and local stakeholders over the past few months, 80mm of rain has caused the festival site to deteriorate.
“Despite restructuring, state-of-the-art machinery and the combined efforts of local experts, the site team and local farmers, the crater has become too wet to facilitate the festival we know and love.”
They said the festival “has and will never” endanger the safety of festival-goers.
“This is by far the most painful decision we have ever had to make,” they said.
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