Re­funds promised for can­celled Whit­sun­day Call­ing fes­ti­val

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Sharon Small­wood

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.

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