Lost Paradise 2019 cancelled due to “intense and unpredictable” bushfire threat

The four-day festival was scheduled to take place at Glenworth Valley later this month

The music festival Lost Paradise, which was slated to take place on New Year’s Eve, has been cancelled over the fear of bushfires. Read the festival’s full statement below.

The four-day summer music festival was scheduled to take place at Glenworth Valley in New South Wales over the New Year celebrations from December 28 to January 1. But today, festival organisers said that they were forced to pull the plug due to the “intense and unpredictable fire conditions” along Sydney’s Central Coast.

“After extensive consultation with the Rural Fire Service, emergency personnel and other key stakeholders, the difficult decision has been made to cancel this year’s Lost Paradise festival,” a statement on the festival’s Instagram reads.

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“We would also like to express our immense gratitude for the brave emergency teams who are doing all that they can to protect the bushland around the site,” it continues. “This is a heartbreaking time for our country.”

Organisers added that they have “been working around the clock to explore all possible options to relocate the festival, but it is just not feasible within the timeframe”. “We simply cannot put anyone’s life at risk,” they said.

The process of ticket refunds will be announced shortly on their website, organisers said. Read the full official statement here:

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Lost Paradise Festival Update: After extensive consultation with the Rural Fire Service, emergency personnel and other key stakeholders, the difficult decision has been made to cancel this year’s Lost Paradise festival. – Our beautiful home in Sydney’s Central Coast is facing intense and unpredictable fire conditions that are sadly expected to deteriorate. We simply cannot put anyone’s life at risk. We have been working around the clock to explore all possible options to relocate the festival, but it is just not feasible within the timeframe. – We would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard over the past twelve months to create this year’s event – the artists, performers, teachers, yogis, vendors, sponsors and production crew, and of course our amazing Lost Paradise community who have supported us for six incredible years. We are truly devastated that we won’t be able to bring the festival to life. – We would also like to express our immense gratitude for the brave emergency teams who are doing all that they can to protect the bushland around the site. – 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. – All guests will be eligible for a refund, in accordance with Live Performance Australia’s Ticketing Code Of Practice. We are working closely with our ticketing providers and insurers to process ticket refunds as quickly as possible. Each ticketing provider will provide details of the process, and we will continue to share updates in the coming days. – Thank you to everyone for their care and support. We will be back bigger and better than ever in 2020.

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Rüfüs Du Sol, Hilltop Hoods, Green Velvet and Dom Dolla were set to headline the music festival. Others expected to perform include The Veronicas, Mallrat, Honey Dijon, The Jungle Giants and Kwame.

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