Refunds promised for cancelled Whitsunday Calling festival
THE organiser of the cancelled Whitsunday Calling music festival has not given a clear reason why the event was canned less than 48 hours before it was to start.
The festival was to be held last weekend but was cancelled late on Thursday afternoon via a statement posted on its Facebook page.
"This is the post we hoped we would never have to do,” the statement said.
It went on to say it was “due to circumstances beyond our control” and said the organis- ers had been let down by the company supplying the PA system.
On Tuesday, festival organiser John ‘Scratch’ Grey retracted his previous statements.
This was after he had spoken to solicitors.
“We are now into issuing legal proceeding against the supply company and cannot release information about the company until all legal proceedings have been dealt with in court,” he said.
Frustrated ticket holders have been assured their money will be refunded with Whitsunday Tickets director Kristen Goldup saying the refunding process would start on Wednesday (yesterday).
"Due to the high volume of required refunds, the process may take up to seven working days to complete," she said.
The line-up for the weekend-long festival included Daryl Braithwaite, Katchafire and Ash Grunwald.
The Airlie Beach Music Centre and Magnums Hotel managed to secure Ash Grunwald for a concert with free admission at Magnums on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, ticket holders have vented their disappointment on the festival's Facebook page with some comments turning very nasty.
The Facebook page has since been removed.
Last week, Mr Grey said he, his wife and his friends were now out of pocket by $72,000.
He said he never intended to cancel the festival which had sold more than 250 tickets.
The festival is not affiliated with Airlie Beach Musical Festival which will be held next month. More details about the Airlie Beach Music Festival are on page 2.
FESTIVAL FACE: Whitsunday Calling music festival organiser John 'Scratch' Grey at the festival site last Wednesday – just one day before the event was cancelled.
SILVER LINING: Through the efforts of the Airlie Beach Music Centre and Magnums Hotel, Ash Grunwald was secured to play a free concert on Saturday night. Grunwald was one of the musicians booked to play at the Whitsunday Calling festival, which was cancelled on Thursday at 5.30pm. Photo by Andrew Pattinson/Vampp Photography.
CALLING CANNED: A partially clad stage and some fencing was all that was set up on the Whitsunday Calling site.