WA music fans will have to scrap the traditional pilgrimage to Busselton this summer – Southbound’s off.
Organisers announced the decision on the festival’s Facebook page this afternoon, with assurances it would return next year.
“After 13 years of Southbound, it is with much consideration that we have decided to take a break for 2017 to focus on some exciting new projects,” the statement read.
“Producing such events in collaboration with our community is a huge undertaking, and one as passionate organisers we take very seriously. This time will allow us to return with a re-invigorated festival with hopefully many more memorable years to come.”
This is the second time the popular festival has been shelved. In January 2016, bushfires in the state’s South West – which claimed two lives – forced organiser Sunset Events to postpone the event to December.
Despite attracting acts Catfish and the Bottlemen, Peking Duk, Seth Sentry, Peaches, Highasakite and Tash Sultana, ticket sales suffered.
Presale registrations for Southbound 2018 are now open, until 9pm on Wednesday September 6. It’s slated to run from Monday December 31, 2018 to Tuesday January 1, 2019.