Bushfires force NYE festival Lost Paradise to cancel

The continuing threat of bushfires on the New South Wales’ central coast has forced a music festival to cancel its New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Organisers of Lost Paradise in Glenworth Valley made the announcement after talking with NSW RFS and determining the fire risk to be too high.

The organisers broke the news on Facebook. “Our beautiful home in Sydney’s Central Coast is facing intense and unpredictable fire conditions that are sadly expected to deteriorate in the coming days. We simply cannot put anyone’s life at risk,” they said.

“We have been working around the clock to explore all possible options to relocate the festival, but it is just not feasible within the time frame.

“This is a heartbreaking time for our country. Our thoughts are with the affected communities across Australia, and the hero firefighters who continue to work in extreme conditions.”

The four-day festival was planned to run from December 28 to January 1.  All ticketholders will be eligible for refunds.