Central Coast music festival cancelled

Central Coast music festival cancelled

Mountain Sounds Festival organisers have been accused of supplying police with incorrect information ahead of the event’s cancellation.

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

Mountain Sounds Festival was due to be held on the Central Coast this weekend, but organisers on Saturday announced it wouldn’t be going ahead due to “excessive costs, additional licensing conditions and the enforcement of a stricter timeline”.

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Dear Mountaineers,

We are devastated to announce the cancellation of Mountain Sounds 2019. The event will not be going ahead at Mount Penang Parklands next week.

We, like many of you, have seen the festival climate continue to diminish in Australia. NSW in particular is in dire straits. This is yet another example of the government’s war on festivals.

Safety has always been of the utmost importance to us, and it was for this reason that we agreed to downsize our festival site, cancelling over 20 acts, to ensure we met newly imposed safety, licensing and security costs, in order to maintain the wellbeing of our patrons and still put on the show.

A mere 7 days out from the event, further conditions and financial obligations were imposed on the festival, which were impossible to meet.

In 2018, Mountain Sounds ran smoothly, with an attendance of 16,000 people over two days, 11 user pay police and no major drug-related incidents. In 2019, despite our continued proactive harm minimisation measures (and having less attendees than the year before), we were told we would have to pay an additional upfront amount of approximately $200,000 for 45 user pay police on a 24 hour cycle. 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.

We have always considered our relationship with the local police a positive one. We’ve always valued their input and cooperated wherever we were required. Thanks to our comprehensive planning, Mountain Sounds has never had any serious drug-related incidents. There were 49 drug detections out of the 16,000 attendees over the two days of operation last year. That’s 0.30%. This is another reason we are left shell-shocked that this could happen.


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Dear Mountaineers, We are devastated to announce the cancellation of Mountain Sounds 2019. The event will not be going…

Posted by Mountain Sounds Festival on Friday, 8 February 2019


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