Pad­dock gonna party like it’s 1999

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

PARTY in the Pad­dock is set to go out on a high note with Fe­bru­ary’s edi­tion of the fes­ti­val the last ever.

Or­gan­is­ers yes­ter­day an­nounced via so­cial me­dia that the 2020 edi­tion of the pop­u­lar con­tem­po­rary mu­sic fes­ti­val at White Hills near Launce­s­ton would be the last.

“We be­lieve PITP is at the top of its game and ‘only the good die young’,” the posts to In­sta­gram and Face­book read.

Founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor Jesse Higgs told the Mer­cury the event started out as his birth­day party.

“I al­ways wanted to start a mu­sic fes­ti­val be­cause of my love of mu­sic, but also my love for bring­ing peo­ple to­gether,” he said.

“Did I think it could have done what it has done? No, it was a con­stant hum­bling sur­prise.”

Mr Higgs said mak­ing the call to end the fes­ti­val was one of the hard­est de­ci­sions of or­gan­is­ers’ lives.

“It feels like we’re say­ing good­bye to a dear old friend, a loved one … like we’re putting down the fam­ily dog … But we’ve had to be re­ally hon­est with our­selves about the amount of en­ergy and pas­sion that goes into mak­ing PITP spe­cial ev­ery year.

“We’re ready to tackle new and ex­cit­ing projects. All things must at some point come to an end and we want the most spe­cial project of our lives, to go out on top.”

Mr Higgs said he was most proud of the fes­ti­val’s so­cial and environmen­tal con­science, in­clu­siv­ity and sense of com­mu­nity.

Yes­ter­day’s an­nounce­ment drew thou­sands of Face­book com­ments from sup­port­ers.

Since its first edi­tion in 2013, the fes­ti­val has given lo­cal artists a plat­form and at­tracted big names in Aus­tralian mu­sic. About 7500 pun­ters turned up last year to see in­ter­na­tional pop roy­alty in­clud­ing Lily Allen and Yung­blud and Aus­tralian leg­ends The Pre­sets and Vera Blue. Party in the Pad­dock 2020 will fea­ture Matt Corby, Broods, Jack River and Her­mi­tude.

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