Another festival bites the dust as ‘war on festivals’ continues

A second music festival in NSW has pulled the plug a week before it was due to take place blaming “the government’s war on festivals”.

Mountain Sounds festival on the Central Coast was called off by organisers a week before event was due to take place on Central Coast, citing “excessive costs, additional licensing conditions and the enforcement of a stricter timeline”.

“We, like many of you, have seen the festival climate continue to diminish in Australia. NSW in particular is in dire straits,” they said on their Facebook page.

“This is yet another example of the government’s war on festivals.”

The organisers claim they had agreed to cut down the size of their site and cancel more than 20 acts to meet newly-imposed safety, licensing and security costs. However, they said they “blindsided” when they were then told they would have to pay an extra $200,000 for 45 police officers.

“This came one week out from the festival and blindsided us as we were quoted for 11 user pay police on the 18th of January,” they said.

It is the second NSW music festival to be cancelled this month with the Psyfari music festival cancelling its 2019 event scheduled for September.