The time is finally here: Falls Festival is taking place next week, across three east coast locations, as well as west coast relative Southbound. However, bushfires have started spreading through some areas of Victoria, including Lorne, where one of the festivals is set to be taking place. With more than 100 homes destroyed and the entire area evacuated, Falls Festival have now announced that the festival will be moving locations.
The festival released a number of short updates on Facebook today, as punters held their breath, praying that the festival would not be cancelled at such a late date. Luckily, it seems like a whole pile of last-minute strings were pulled.
The statement begins, “This afternoon, we met with members of the CFA, Victorian Police, Emergency Management Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Surf Coast Shire. We discussed the current fire situation in the surrounding areas and the weather forecasts over the coming days. It was agreed that the Lorne farm, for this particular event, is potentially high risk.
“The Falls Festival Event Producer’s number one priority is always the safety of our patrons and our friends. With that in mind, we have spent the past 24 hours securing another Victorian venue for the event to continue.
“We are really excited and thankful to announce that our good friends at A Day On The Green have helped us secure a new venue for Falls Lorne, for this year only. Ticket holders will be welcoming in 2016 at the Mount Duneed Estate on Pettavel Road, just north of Torquay. It’s nearby and easily accessible for all, situated on a gentle slope looking down from the winery. With ample flat campgrounds surrounding the vineyard to comfortably accommodate you all, everything you know and love about the Falls event will be there waiting for you.”
Read the rest of the statement here.
The festival have asked that ticket-holders keep an eye on their inboxes over the next couple days, for all new information including location and transportto the new location.
Falls Byron Bay and Marion Bay will proceed unchanged.