Lost Paradise festival is cancelled due to busfires

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Lost Paradise festival is cancelled over ‘intense and unpredictable fire conditions’ as uncontrollable ‘mega blaze’ continues to burn

  • Lost Paradise was due to go ahead in NSW Glenworth Valley on 28 December
  • The festival ground is right on the edge of a 36,000 hectare Three Mile Fire 
  • Organisers decided it was too risky to have almost 10,000 people near it
  • Tickets for the sold-out festival will be fully refunded, organisers said

Lost Paradise music festival has been cancelled due to life-threatening bushfires.

Organisers today announced the event in Glenworth Valley on the New South Wales Central Coast will not go ahead in two weeks’ time.

The festival ground is right on the edge of a 36,000 hectare Three Mile Fire, part of a mega-fire larger than Sydney itself.

Organisers consulted with the Rural Fire Service and decided it was too risky to have almost 10,000 people just metres from the disaster zone. 

Lost Paradise music festival has been cancelled due to life-threatening bushfires. Pictured: Revellers at the festival last year

Lost Paradise music festival has been cancelled due to life-threatening bushfires. Pictured: Revellers at the festival last year

Organisers today announced the event in Glenworth Valley on the New South Wales Central Coast will not go ahead in two weeks' time

Pictured: Revellers at the festival last year

Organisers today announced the event in Glenworth Valley on the New South Wales Central Coast will not go ahead in two weeks’ time. Pictured: Revellers at the festival last year

This photo taken on Saturday shows a firefighter conducting back burning measures to secure residential areas from encroaching bushfires north of Sydney

This photo taken on Saturday shows a firefighter conducting back burning measures to secure residential areas from encroaching bushfires north of Sydney

‘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,’ orangisers posted on social media. 

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Tickets for the sold-out festival, where Aussie dance group Rufus Du Sol was headlining, will be fully refunded.

A three day pass for the festival which lasts from 28 December to 1 January cost $389. 

This was to be the sixth year the festival had run in the lush Glenworth Valley, north of Sydney, a site surrounded by thick vegetation. 

On Thursday, the Rural Fire Service said it was unlikely the bushfires currently burning across the state would be extinguished without significant rainfall – which is not forecast until early next year.

The festival ground is right on the edge of a 36,000 hectare Three Mile Fire bushfire, part of a mega-fire larger than Sydney itself. Pictured: Revellers at the festival last year

The festival ground is right on the edge of a 36,000 hectare Three Mile Fire bushfire, part of a mega-fire larger than Sydney itself. Pictured: Revellers at the festival last year

Organisers consulted with the Rural Fire Service and decided it was too risky to have almost 10,000 people just metres from the disaster zone. Pictured: Revellers at the festival last year

Organisers consulted with the Rural Fire Service and decided it was too risky to have almost 10,000 people just metres from the disaster zone. Pictured: Revellers at the festival last year

‘We’re certainly in it for the long haul,’ a spokeswoman said.

Lost Paradise’s organisers acknowledged the crisis in their statement.

‘This is a heartbreaking time for our country,’ they said.

‘Our thoughts are with the affected communities across Australia, and the hero firefighters who continue to work in extreme conditions.’  

Lost Paradise cancelled: Statement 

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. 

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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.

 

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