Rainbow Serpent Festival will take place but in a modified fashion, organisers confirmed yesterday (January 8): It will be split into two events, which will take place three months apart.
The festival, which was originally supposed to run for four days from January 24 to 27, “temporarily halted” its ticket sales in December after bushfires damaged its festival site in Lexton, Victoria.
The organisers announced the changes on Facebook last night. The first Rainbow Serpent event, called the Urban edition, will take place on January 26 in inner Melbourne, featuring “multiple stages hosting the majority of special guest performers from the original lineup”, organisers wrote in a statement.
The second event called the Regen edition will occur on a later date. Scheduled for the long Easter weekend in April, the Regen will be a multi-day event with the goal of helping “the local communities that were directly impacted by the fires and boosting their local economy”.
“We’re looking into how we can best use these events to drive a community fundraising effort for the bushfires and will confirm those details in the coming days,” organisers added. “We ask everyone to please be sympathetic to the needs and wellbeing of the broader community at this time but also the incredible strain our crew are currently experiencing in trying to work towards an outcome that is acceptable, enjoyable and safe.”
More updates on the upcoming events and ticket refunds will be announced soon. Read the full statement from Rainbow Serpent Fest below:
Firstly, we’d like to thank the Rainbow community for your incredible patience during these stressful times. No one…
The original Rainbow Serpent Fest lineup featured a bevy of international and local talent, from UK trance pioneers Quirk to Swedish DJ La Fleur to Melbourne’s very own Deep Fried Dub.