Fes­ti­val takes a fall

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

FRE­MAN­TLE’S Falls Fes­ti­val has been can­celled, with or­gan­is­ers cit­ing the on­go­ing coro­n­avirus cri­sis and border re­stric­tions.

De­spite plan­ning to pro­mote an all-Aus­tralian lineup for the hugely pop­u­lar mu­sic fes­ti­val — due to be held in early 2021 — or­gan­is­ers an­nounced last week the events in Fre­man­tle, Lorne and By­ron Bay had been canned.

“In May, as the na­tion seemed to be mov­ing into re­cov­ery mode, we were op­ti­mistic about forg­ing ahead and sup­port­ing our lo­cal in­dus­try with an all Aussie edi­tion of Falls Fes­ti­val,” the an­nounce­ment read. “How­ever, given the

cur­rent sta­tus of things and border re­stric­tions in place, it won’t be pos­si­ble to hold Falls Fes­ti­val in our reg­u­lar New Year’s time­frame.”

This year’s line-up at­tracted huge in­ter­na­tional acts, with mu­si­cians in­clud­ing

Halsey, Dis­clo­sure, Lewis Ca­paldi and YungBlud per­form­ing at Fre­man­tle Oval in Jan­uary.

The an­nounce­ment did not in­clude de­tails on re­funds, but did tell pun­ters to con­sider it a “raincheck”.

Halsey per­formed at this year’s Falls. Pic­ture: Alan Chau

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