Organisers of cancelled Splendour In The Grass festival hope to return in 2025

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Byron music festival Splendour In The Grass has cancelled just two weeks after opening up for tickets sales.

The hugely popular annual festival is the biggest casualty in a string of festivals cancelling due to slow ticket sales and rising costs.

Laat year Splendour in the Grass saw a 30 per cent drop in tickets sales compared with pre-pandemic figures.

Organisers Secret Sounds broke the news “with a heavy heart” on Instagram.

“We know there were many fans excited for this year’s line-up and all the great artists planning to join us, but due to unexpected events we’ll be taking the year off. Ticket holders will be refunded automatically. We thank you for your understanding and will be working hard to be back in future year,” the post read.

Secret Sounds co-CEOs Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco said they “hope to be back in the future”.

“This festival has always been a huge community effort, and we’d like to thank everyone for their support and overall faith,” they said in a statement.

Ticket holders will be given an automatic refund for the festival which had secured Kylie Minogue and Arcade Fire for its line-up.

Secret Sounds is majority owned by US entertainment company Live Nation, which also includes the cancelled Falls festival in its portfolio.

Australian Festival Association managing director Mitch Wilson said the festival industry was in crisis.

“The Australian music festival industry is currently facing a crisis, and the flow-on effects will be felt across the local communities, suppliers and contractors that sustain our festivals and rely on them to support their livelihoods,” he told The Guardian.

“We need government at the table to help us through this period and assist in stabilising our industry to sustainable levels. This needs a national approach.”

There are reports that negotiations were underway with Destination New South Wales to provide some type of financial assistance for the festival prior to the tickets going on sale.

NSW Arts Minister John Graham also shared his disappointment at the news.

“The festival industry is under extreme pressure, and I am deeply worried about the health of the festival scene here in NSW,” he said.

“The NSW government offered financial support to help the event proceed this year. We will continue to work with them and hope to see them return next year.”