Mountain Sounds Festival Cancelled

Angelo Anderson
February 11, 2019

Earlier this month, when faced with met newly imposed safety, licensing and security costs, Mountain Sounds chose to abide by dropping 20 acts from the bill.

Amid increased political scrutiny over festivals, organisers said they were slapped with a $200,000 bill for security and safety measures.

"We are devastated to announce the cancellation of Mountain Sounds 2019".

"Our submissions were consistent with last year's operation", writes Mountain Sounds, referring to last year's smooth collaboration with authorities, "yet this year authorities seemed adamant to penalise us on technicalities and clerical errors".

The festival had a stacked lineup of both local and worldwide faves, featuring Angus & Julia Stone, What So Not, Courtney Barnett, Nothing But Thieves, Skeggs, Yungblud and Ruby Fields - to name just a few.

Organisers of Mountain Sounds Festival has been contacted for comment.

Festival organisers said they will reach out to everyone who purchased tickets through "our official ticketing partners next week to offer further information and advise next steps". Mountain Sounds said 2018's event attracted 16,000 people from which 49 drug detections were made, representing 0.3% of attendees.

You can read the full, and straight up devastating, statement below.

"However, due to current increased pressure around safety, licensing and security we have had to modify our site, staging and infrastructure so the event can go ahead". "This came one week out from the festival and blindsided us as we were quoted for 11 user pay police on the 18th of January".

The requirement for a significantly beefed-up police presence comes despite a festival history of no serious drug-related incidences, according to organisers. "NSW residents, please keep this at the forefront of your mind as the next election nears in 6 weeks' time".

"When will our government learn that fear-mongering, bullying and oppressing the youth has never and will never work".

"The future for Mountain Sounds is unclear at this point in time but we will find a way to continue our passion and commitment in bringing music and arts to the coast".

They said in the Facebook post that they had been put in an impossible situation as it was unrealistic for them to pull the money together.

Last week, Blue Mountains festival Psyfari also cancelled.

A spokesman for the NSW government said music festivals are "a significant part of NSW's entertainment scene, and an important part of NSW's economy", but that the government owes it to people attending to ensure they are safe.

"We are unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when festivals are the new scapegoat of a failed government and their failed war on drugs".

Organisers of a NSW music festival provided authorities with inaccurate information prior to its cancellation, NSW Police say.

It's common for events to shoulder costs for a police presence, but the specific number is issued by the Department of Liquor and Gaming, on advice from the NSW Police.

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