The organisers fail to secure the headline acts they want, most notably Public Enemy...

The HOMELANDS festivals scheduled to take place in AUSTRALIA next month have been cancelled because organisers could not secure the correct headline acts.

The events in Sydney (December 2) and Melbourne (9) were pulled late last week. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald last Saturday (November 4), the reason is as a result of some of the major acts on the bill becoming unavailable – notably Public Enemy and Australian dance outfit Avalanches.

Homelands publicist Amber Petty is quoted as saying: “The decision was not based on a panic over ticket sales…one member (of Public Enemy) has his own agent, who booked him on a different tour even when Homelands was in negotiations. We have decided to postpone the event rather than offer a festival billing of only half the size we promised.”


The festivals, which were based on the successful UK events of the same name but with the addition of local DJ talent, are likely to be rescheduled next year.

Other acts due to play included Laurent Garnier, Robert Miles and Orbital, who sent an e-mail to their mailing list which read: “The organisers of the Homelands festival have cancelled the festivals gigs because of various organisation problems. Orbital are very upset that they will no longer be able to visit Australia in December for this reason.”

There is currently no news on the official Homelands website, [url=]www.homelands.com.au.